Although there is much to see in Madrid, you may also want to know its surroundings. You have many options to visit from Madrid thanks to its privileged location and also to the wonders that can be found both in the Community of Madrid and in the neighboring provinces and even further afield.
If you have many days to visit Madrid, if you already know it so well that you want to visit the surroundings or even if you are from Madrid and want to make an excursion, do not miss the following destinations to nearby places.
In addition to being able to make these visits on your own, you can also hire one of the guided tours that exist to get to know them.
The best excursions from Madrid. Within the Community of Madrid
El Escorial Monastery
The Monastery of El Escorial is one of the favorite places of the people of Madrid to take an excursion. And also from tourists. It is one of the essential monuments to visit to learn about the history of Spain and in it you can visit the royal halls of the Palace of the Austrias, the tombs of the Kings of Spain located in the Royal Pantheon, or its Basilica.
The Monastery of El Escorial was built to commemorate the Battle of San Quintín and its surroundings are also very interesting, starting with the town of El Escorial itself or the mountains of the Sierra de Madrid.
Nearby is also the Valley of the Fallen, which, leaving political connotations aside, is a great architectural work with a very important meaning in the recent history of Spain.
If you want to visit both places, we recommend you take this Excursion to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen.
Aranjuez, its Royal Palace and its Gardens
To the south of Madrid is another of the cities, a World Heritage Site, which has had great importance in the history of Spain. This is Aranjuez, where its Royal Palace is an essential visit, although it is no less important than visiting its gardens, another of the great jewels of Aranjuez.
In the Royal Palace of Aranjuez you can visit various rooms with very different decorative elements, which demonstrates the importance it has had over time. The gardens that surround the palace make the environment a special place that you should not miss the opportunity to visit.
If you want to visit this place we recommend you take this Excursion to Aranjuez and enjoy.
Chinchón and its Plaza Mayor
In an excursion that we can combine with the previous one, since it is a few kilometers away, we can go to Chinchón, one of the most beautiful towns to visit in the Community of Madrid, and with more history.
Chinchón is built around its most important and well-known point of interest. Its Plaza Mayor, a typical Castilian square with an irregular shape and where the green color of its balconies predominates. In the Plaza Mayor of Chinchón you will find numerous bars and restaurants and it is the best place to visit in Chinchón.
But in this town you also have to get lost in its streets and visit its Castle, which has watched over the town since the 15th century.
Alcala de Henares
Like the two previous places, Alcalá de Henares is also a World Heritage Site. If the other two had great importance in the political life of Spain, in this case the importance is fundamentally academic, as it is the seat of the first university that was created in Spain and where some of the most important figures of Spanish culture came from..
Visiting the University of Alcalá de Henares is a great experience, but the rest of the city also has important places such as its Cathedral or the surroundings of the Calle Mayor, where the Casa de Cervantes is also located. And it is that the most universal Spanish writer was born in Alcalá de Henares.
If you want to visit this place, the best thing is to do this Guided tour of Alcalá de Henares.
Other places to visit near Madrid
If we go north we find the Sierra de Madrid, with innumerable towns that will surprise us surrounded by a natural environment that will surprise you. We recommend Rascafría, Manzanares el Real or Buitrago del Lozoya, although the possibilities are endless. Don’t miss either El Bosque Encantado, a botanical garden in San Martín de Valdeiglesias.
We have another very interesting place in Torrejón de Ardoz. We are talking about Parque Europa, an urban park where we can find replicas of some of the most famous monuments of our continent.
And if you want to make a route by car through the Sierra de Madrid, we recommend you do this fantastic one through the Sierra del Rincón.