The most charming villages in Madrid

Madrid is a beautiful community with a privileged natural environment of mountains, plateaus, river basins and reservoirs. It also has lovely villages that have preserved their identity, beauty and heritage over time.. We will enjoy the atmosphere of these villages that treasure their rural essence and part of the history of Madrid.

Most charming villages in Madrid

1. San Lorenzo de El Escorial

This beautiful town is located 47 kilometers from Madrid, at the foot of Las Machotas and Mount Abantos, in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama. It is one of the main tourist destinations outside the capital.

Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial - Migel

It concentrates a great historical and cultural heritage, of which highlights the emblematic and impressive monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, devised by King Philip II and built between 1563 and 1584.

“QI want to raise a palace for God and a shack for the king.

-Felipe II-

Another emblematic place is the Valley of the Fallen, whose construction was ordered by Francisco Franco to perpetuate the memory of the fallen. However, not everything is cultural heritage in this area, as the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park is very close.

2. Aranjuez

Aranjuez is considered the small Versailles of Spain. This town was chosen by the Bourbons as the seat of the court during the springs. It is located 55 kilometers from Madrid and is crossed by the Tagus and Jarama rivers.

Royal Palace of Aranjuez - VICTOR TORRES

This town houses a great cultural heritage, Among its historical places we can mention the Royal Palace, ordered to build by Felipe II in 1565; the House of the Labrador and the museum of Royal Falúas, where the opulent vessels that used kings like Carlos IV, Felipe V, Alfonso XII or Isabel II to navigate the Tagus are preserved.

Nor can you stop visiting the bullring of 1796. And, If there is something that should be done in Aranjuez, it is lost in its wonderful gardens:the Garden of the Prince, that of the Island, that of the Parterre or that of Isabel II, among others.

3. Alcalá de Henares

The beautiful town of Alcalá de Henares has more than 2,000 years of history and is known as the city of knowledge for its ancient university. Further, It is famous for being the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). It is located 34 kilometers from Madrid and has a spectacular monumental heritage with palaces, mansions, churches, convents, gardens, chapels and colleges.

Cervantes Square of Alcala de Henares - M.Peinado / flickr.com

Some essential visits are the university, authentic epicenter of the city; the birthplace of Cervantes (1547); or the Corral de Comedias, one of the oldest theaters in Spain (1601). However, walking along Calle Mayor and Plaza Cervantes and tapas in one of the many Alcalaínos bars and restaurants is a must on your visit to Alcala.

4. Chinchón

This town is located 47 kilometers from the capital and has the best preserved square in the Community of Madrid. This medieval square is closed, irregularly shaped and has old gabled galleries and three-story buildings with long, narrow wooden balconies.

Chinchón - Lukasz Janyst

Other sites of interest are the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the castle, the House of the Chain, the convent of the Poor Clares, now a National Tourism Parador, and many other places such as restaurants or streets full of beautiful typical houses and interesting legends.

Chinchón is well known as a good gastronomic destination, where in addition to your anise, you can buy excellent wines and spirits; a premium olive oil and fine and tasty garlic. To regain strength, nothing better than to do it in its excellent inns, which serve rich local specialties such as chichoneras beans, duels and quebrantos, migas to the shepherdess or the Castilian soup.

5. Scratch

Monastery of Santa María del Paular, Rascafría - Lenar Musin

110 kilometers from Madrid, in the Peñalara Natural Park, In what is the upper Lozoya valley, we find this municipality with a typical popular architecture that matches a beautiful natural environment.

Visiting Rascafría is admiring its stone constructions between colored facades, and if you walk along the river you will discover one of the architectural jewels of the town, the Monastery of El Paular, a historical monument worth knowing.

The villages near thecapital they give you many interesting places to meet Do you dare to leave the big city and get to know these villages? We are sure that they will be visits that you will love.

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