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.

Using Spain’s excellent high-speed train system, it is possible to visit some of the best attractions on day trips from Madrid.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery and Palace

The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is easy to access. The town also offers visitors a lot to see in the way of charming shops and traditional restaurants.


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

La Mancha

Spain’s most prominent wine region and one of the largest wine-producing regions in the world, La Mancha, is where hundreds of wineries thrive, using traditional winemaking methods.

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.


Explore the charming tangle of medieval streets and the Jewish Quarter, which has many significant sites, including the Museo de Segovia and the Old Major Synagogue.


Also known as the Town of Stones and Saints, 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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