Things to see in the Madrid and surronding area
The Valle de los Caídos: Franco’s controversial monument in the Sierra de Guadarrama
The remains of 33,000 fighters who took part in the Spanish Civil War, rests at the foot of a huge stone cross commemorating Spain’s darkest hour.
El Escorial: the eighth wonder of the world
The monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, one of the eighth wonders of the Old World, is Philip II’s great masterpiece.
Chueca: Madrid’s LGTBI district
Cosmopolitan and modern, the Chueca district is buzzing whatever the hour. The neighbourhood is ideal for shopping, dinner or enjoying the nightlife on offer.
Malasaña: an area for both hipsters and the more traditional
The district that spawned the Movida Madrileña is now home to hipster barbers, alternative shops and veggie restaurants, while still preserving its classic bars.
Patones de Arriba: the small ‘kingdom’ where time stood still
60 kilometres to the north-east of Madrid, this fabled mountain village—a fine example of the region’s so-called ‘black architecture’—is perfect for a rural break.
Sierra de Madrid. Delightful villages and hiking trails
Just a stone’s throw from the city, you can find little towns and villages in the Sierra de Madrid, as well as natural landscapes where you can go hiking or simply enjoy the scenery.
La Hiruela, a haven of peace to the north of Madrid
In a remote location at the northern border of the Madrid Autonomous Region and immune to the passing of time, this lovely village of 50 inhabitants is the perfect choice for a weekend break in a rural, unspoilt landscape.
What to see in Aranjuez
El Real Sitio y Villa de Aranjuez, el espacio de recreo preferido de Felipe II y de los reyes Borbones, es una escapada imprescindible.
Toledo: a day-trip to the centuries-old City of the Three Cultures
What was once the capital of the kingdom—just an hour from Madrid—is a mediaeval city with a wealth of artistic heritage in which the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions are found side by side.
What to see in Chinchón: discovering Madrid’s most authentic side
Situado a menos de 1 hora de la capital, Chinchón reúne un rico patrimonio, una atmósfera castiza y excelentes restaurantes de cocina tradicional.