17 Best Day Trips from Madrid & How to Plan Them


There is so much to do in Spain’s capital, we recommend at least three days in Madrid. However, Madrid also makes an excellent base for some of Spain’s best day trips.

While at least three days in Madrid is optimal, a few days extra will allow you to access some of the country’s most incredible cities and attractions.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery and Palace

The Pantheon of the Kings is a highlight – the remains of every monarch since the 16th century are laid to rest in breathtaking gold and marble tombs.


Called the “City of Three Cultures”, Toledo is a rare city where Islamic, Hebrew and Christian faiths lived and co-existed harmoniously.

La Mancha

La Mancha is the stunning wine region in central Spain that provided the setting for the adventures of the famous 17th century literary hero Don Quixote of La Mancha by Cervantes.

Royal Palace of Aranjuez

The highlight of the charming city on the banks of the Tagus River is the 16th-century Royal Palace of Aranjuez and its spectacular royal gardens.


Visit the Royal Museum of the Mint of Segovia and the magnificent Segovia Cathedral, one of the last built in Europe in the Gothic style.


Avila’s walls and turrets are some of the best-preserved walls in Spain and some of the most complete in Europe.

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