The best and most surprising places to see in the Community of Madrid
Día 1111hBernadas Convent and Archbishop's Palace1Day 111:00hBernadas Convent and Archbishop's Palace
Start at the Convento de las Bernardas and head towards the Catedral Magistral de los Santos Niños "San Justo y Pastor", on the way you can pass by the "Casa de la Entrevista", where it is said that Isabel la Católica met Christopher Cólon to organize the expedition that ended with the discovery of America.
- If you come by car, the place that the locals use to park is the open space of the Archbishop's Palace. Don't be afraid to park there, it's free and there is no time limit.
13hCalle Mayor and Casa de Miguel de Cervantes2Day 113:00hCalle Mayor and Casa de Miguel de Cervantes
The Calle Mayor de Alcalá is the longest arcaded street in Europe. In front of Cervantes' birthplace you will find two sculptures of his most famous characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
- You are in the middle of the old Jewish quarter. Try to find some of the medieval sights that can still be seen on the ceiling. There are several, but to make it easier for you you can see one at number 32 of the street.
13hCervantes Square3Day 113:00hCervantes Square
Welcome to the Plaza Cervantes, the centre of the city and where you can get one of the most iconic photographs of the city, with Cervantes' sculpture (popularly known as "El Monigote") with the chapel of El Oidor in the background.
lunch you can go to the tapas place par excellence. The "Indalo", is also located next to the place where it was first printed to see "La Galatea"
17hUniversity of Alcalá4Day 117:00hUniversity of Alcalá
The university created by Cisneros in 1499 was consecrated as one of the great cultural centres of the Spanish Golden Age. Among his students were Lope de Vega and Quevedo. Can you find the pig among the decoration of its main facade?
Try the typical sweets of Alcala in the "Paraninfo" bakery in the Calle Mayor. The "costrada" and the "rosquillas de Alcalá", (I like the "costrada" better).
Día 2511hChinchón5Day 211:00hChinchón
Of course Chinchón is one of the most beautiful villages in the Community of Madrid and its Plaza Mayor is, although it sounds bold, one of the most original and beautiful squares in Spain.
A classic is to eat in one of the many restaurants with balconies on the square. We recommend the traditional food of the restaurant "La Balconada".
13hRoyal Palace of Aranjuez6Day 213:00hRoyal Palace of Aranjuez
This palace erected by Philip II as a house for recreation and hunting is one of the best preserved royal palaces you will find in Spain. To enter you will have to pay the price of the ticket.
Among the rooms there are several with Chinese and Arabic theme that will not leave you indifferent.
17hIsland Garden7Day 217:00hIsland Garden
The day ends with a walk through the palace gardens, which are also free of charge.
Día 3810hEl Escorial8Day 310:00hEl Escorial
One of the most prestigious historical sites in Madrid. In its Royal Crypt are the remains of the great majority of the kings of Spain, both Austrias and Bourbons.
- If you want to see a panoramic view of the Monastery you can go to the place called Silla de Felipe II.
13hSan Lorenzo del Escorial9Day 313:00hSan Lorenzo del Escorial
The village of San Lorenzo is well worth a visit. It is a very well known place to eat the traditional Castilian cuisine of the area and you can also get there by train.
- It is very common to order in one of the many bars and take the drink out to one of the squares. I really liked to try the Montia restaurant, with a tasting menu based on products from the Sierra de Guadarrama.
16hNASA in Spain10Day 316:00hNASA in Spain
Strange as it may sound, NASA has a communications centre in Spain. In fact, the signal from Apollo XI when it landed on the moon arrived at this station, which relayed the signal all the way to the United States.
17hCivil War bunker11Day 317:00hCivil War bunker
The Blockhaus 13 bunker is the only one built in this style of the 22 I plan to build. It is a bunker in the style of the First World War.
- Free and open access.
Día 41210hCastle of Manzanares el Real12Day 410:00hCastle of Manzanares el Real
It is probably the best preserved castle in the Community of Madrid and also in Spain. The Gothic Gallery is one of the jewels of this castle-palace overlooking the Manzanares reservoir.
14hBuitrago de Lozoya13Day 414:00hBuitrago de Lozoya
One of the most beautiful and well-known villages in Madrid is Buitrago de Lozoya. Go into the village until you cross the walls of its historical centre where you will find the castle and the Mudejar Church of Santa María del Castillo.
The best picture of Buitrago will be taken from the other side of the river. You can reach it quickly by the path that starts more or less from the Cepsa petrol station.
15hEating at “Asador las Murallas” Restaurant14Day 415:00hEating at “Asador las Murallas” Restaurant
In this restaurant you will find friendly treatment and home-cooked food at reasonable prices.
- The lamb is very top.
Before you travel
*Water and food in the car: On this route we will use our vehicle. We recommend that you bring water and a snack in case you get hungry between stops.
*Public transport: Most of these places can be reached by Cercanías, which work very well in Madrid. Using public transport is always a good idea.