5 Incredible day trips from madrid – (top local picks!) gas leak

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Madrid really does have it all. A city full of fascinating history, it also boasts a thriving and vibrant modern culture. It’s home to jaw-droppingly beautiful architecture and dozens of peaceful, quiet green spaces. And its perfect location right in the heart of Spain makes it an ideal home base for exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Incredible Toledo- a must visit day trip from Madrid (Photo by Davidlohr Bueso on flickr CC)

See also: Make sure to read about Where to Stay in Madrid for the best Madrid accommodation tips, and see Devour Madrid’s excellent Madrid food and travel blog or guided food and tapas tours for more insider information! Day Trips from Madrid 1. El Escorial

The magnificent town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial will transport you back in time from the first step you take on its storied cobblestone streets. Most people come here to see the eponymous monastery and palace El Escorial, a stunning example of Spain’s grandiose and glorious Renaissance architecture.

This UNESCO World Heritage site serves several purposes. It’s the burial site of many important Spanish monarchs, home to dozens of priceless works of art, a monastery and more! It’s easy to see why this building alone makes for one of the most complete day trips from Madrid!

Getting there: To reach the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, take bus 661 or 664 from Moncloa station in Madrid. You can also take Cercanías line C3 from the Atocha train station. It’s easy to spend all day exploring massive El Escorial! Photo credit: giborn_134 on Flickr CC 2. Toledo

Getting there: High-speed AVE trains leave for Toledo every hour from Atocha. Be sure to book your ticket in advance on the RENFE site in case they sell out! For a more budget-friendly option, take the ALSA bus from the Plaza Elíptica station. Stunning Moorish architecture in Toledo! 3. Segovia

In addition to spectacular sights, Segovia also makes for one of the best day trips from Madrid for foodies! The city’s famous roast suckling pig is one of Spain’s top must-try regional delicacies. However, if you can’t make it to Segovia, you can still try it (at the world’s oldest restaurant!) on Devour Madrid’s Prado Museum Tour & VIP Botín Lunch experience!

Additionally, Córdoba is home to incredible Roman ruins; a historic Jewish quarter complete with whitewashed buildings and beautiful flowers; and a historic complex used by the Catholic monarchs. When you get tired of exploring, be sure to cool off with a bowl of refreshing local salmorejo!

Getting there: Take the AVE from Atocha to get there in less than two hours. If you’re on a budget, you can take the bus (operated by Socibus) from Estación Sur. Keep in mind this takes much longer and may not be feasible for a day trip. One of the beautiful homes in Cordoba. 5. Cuenca

Even if you’re not an architecture fan, Cuenca’s famous “ hanging houses” will still blow you away. These brightly painted buildings stand right on the edges of staggering cliffs, seeming to defy nature. One is even home to a fascinating abstract art museum!

Getting there: AVE and Alvia RENFE trains can get you to Cuenca from Atocha in about an hour. There are also Avanza buses from Estación Sur. Cuenca’s dramatic medieval architecture will take your breath away. Photo credit: Chris Parker on Flickr CC