Madrid is the ideal city, no matter if you are looking for some relaxed cultural time at the museum or a fun night out, but, if you are staying a little longer in our beautiful city, you should really consider explore a little further outside the city and find out what the Madrid territory has to offer. Keep reading and we will tell you the best spots outside of Madrid!
Madrid is the ideal place, no matter if you are looking for some relaxed cultural time at the museum or a fun night out, but, if you are staying a little longer in our beautiful city, you should really consider explore a little further outside and find out what the Madrid territory has to offer.
Keep reading and we will tell you the best spots outside of Madrid!
El Escorial is a small village situated in the Sierra de Guadarrama and its impressive complex includes a Royal Palace, a Basilica, a Pantheon and a library.
Not very far there’s the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), a Catholic Basilica and a monumental memorial conceived by Spanish general and dictator Francisco Franco, who also happen to be buried here (amongst other relevant historical figures).
To get to El Escorial you can take bus number 664 or 661 from Moncloa; the price is around €3,60 (one way) and from our Hostel it will take you approximately 1,5 hours.
The southernmost city of the Madrid Community is Aranjuez and it is one of those places where time seems to has stopped; its bucolic gardens, the impressive Royal Palace and the never-ending strawberry fields makes Aranjuez a World Heritage site since 2001.
Our tip: don’t miss out on the so called Strawberry Train”that connects Madrid Atocha to Aranjuez: the Tren de la Fresa goes past the immense strawberry fields (name explained ;)) and the ticket includes a guided visit to the historic part of Aranjuez and the beautiful gardens and palace. All passengers receive a plate with the famous delicious local strawberries en route from the hostess on the train, dressed in a typical costume of the Spanish 19th century.
Another way to get to this town is to take bus number 423 from Estacion Sur; the price is around €4,20 (one way) and it will take you approximately 1.5 hours from Mad4You Hostel.
Alcala’ de Henares
Even though Spain has a long tradition of writers since the 15th century, the most important and universally known writer is definitely Miguel de Cervantes , born, you’ve guessed it!, in Alcala de Henares.
Lots of its sites of interest have something to do with Cervantes’s life:the main square dedicated to him, the Corral de Comedias (a typical Spanish open air theatre) and his home. Alcala de Hernares also has a beautiful University built in 1499, the Colegio de San Ildefonso, the Palacio Arzobispal and the Puerta de Madrid.
We suggest you to take bus number 223, 227 or 229 from the Avenida America station; you will get there in approximately an hour and the price of the ticket is around €3,60.
Definitely the most visited town for those who come to Madrid, Toledo has a tremendous amount of cool things to see, despite being a small city.
Take for example the Synagogue of El Transito, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, or the Colegio de Doncellas Nobles, all beautiful ancient buildings that will throw you back in time and make you soak up the History of Spain.
Something different could be a visit to the Museo de la Tortura, a permanent exposition where guests can see a wide variety of the torture instruments used throughout the Inquisition.
The cheapest and fastest way to get to Toledo is without a doubt the bus from Plaza Eliptica; it will take you approximately 1,5 hours from the Hostel and cost you around €10 roundtrip to get to this magical town and back.
If your plan is to forget about the big city life and do not feel like walking around crowded spots, Madrid is surrounded with the perfect amount of Nature, such as:
An ideal place for hiking, La Pedriza Manzanares is one of the most conventional routes for all mountaineers; climbing rocks and taking a dip into one of the many many rivers and creeks are probably the most popular activities around here.
When to go? Basically any time is good as the view is always amazing from here, but we suggest you check La Pedriza out during spring, that’s when lavenders and rockroses blossom giving the place an even more paradisiacal feeling,
Do not hesitate to ask us how to plan your excursion to La Pedriza! To get here from the city you should hop on the 724 bus until Manzanares el Real and from there take a microbus until destination. The price is €4,20 + the microbus and it takes approximately 2 hours to get there from Mad4You Hostel.
Puerto de Navacerrada
If you are coming to Spain during the winter maybe you feel like renting ski equipment and hit the slopes, right?
Well, in Puerto de Navacerrada you definitely can, as this ski resort opens everyday from 9am to 5pm and for less than €30 you can ski or snowboard the whole day in well-sheltered slopes, running between pretty pine trees.
This ski resort is only 60 km from Madrid and also pretty close to Segovia (72 km). Puerto de Navacerrada is divided into two areas: the upper one, with intermediate/difficult slopes, and the lower area with intermediate/beginners’ slopes, so that everybody can have a blast on the snow!
To get to Navacerrada you will have to take the bus number 691 from Moncloa and it will cost you around €5,10.
As you can see there is plenty of choice for those who are staying in Madrid for a few days and want to take a detour to explore a bit of what this amazing region has to offer.
As always, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or call us at 0034 915 217 549 in case you need any help planning your day excursion outside the city, we will be more than happy to help you plan it and then hear all about it once you come back 🙂
See you soon at Mad4You Hostel!
Cheers from the whole team 🙂