Five nice weekend trips from Madrid

Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. And Madrid, after Barcelona, is definetely the most visited city in Spain.

For those of you who are taking a course with us in Madrid, we want to recomend you some short trips to the surroundings of Madrid.

1. Aranjuez:

Declared Cultural Landscape in 2001 by UNESCO, Aranjuez is a fascinating little city at the south of Madrid. The ideas of the Enlightenment, adapted to the urban development of cities, are embodied here in a balance between nature and man. You should visit the Royal Palace and the gourgeus gardens attached to it.

Aranjuez is just 45 minutes by train from Madrid.


2. Toledo:

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage and historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.

Toledo has an imperial history and it’s full of amazing monuments like the  two sinagogues, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, or the gothic cathedral.

The city is reacheble by train in just 30 minutes.


3. Segovia:

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, this small city is between the mountains and the plateau, surrounded by a spectacular landscape.

Don’t miss the roman aqueduct, the medieval fortress and the gothic cathedral, the last one built in this style in Spain.

The city is 30 minutes far by train.


4. Cuenca:

Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Cuenca is a nice place to visit due to its cosy medieval city center, and the famous Hanging Houses, that look out over rocky canyon walls in the heart of the Cuenca Mountains.

The trip from Madrid is about an hour long by High-Speed train (AVE).


5. Ávila:

The old town of Avila, declared World Heritage Site. It’s one of the few Spanish cities that keep the entire town walls.

Apart from that, Avila is full of surprises, as its castilian cousine, and the Gothic cathedral, unique in Spain.

The city is 1h 25min far from Madrid by train.


Useful links:

Spain’s official tourism portal

RENFE (Spanish Railways)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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