Madrid is – by itself – a destination where you can spend an eternity and still have things left to do.
But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the other amazing cities that are close to the Spanish capital. They might be smaller, but equally worthy – and that makes them perfect for one-day trips.
And thanks to various great transportation methods, it isn’t hard to get there. Here are 3 fantastic cities close to Madrid that should be on everybody’s must-visit lists.
Toledo is located about 75 kilometres south of Madrid, near the Tagus River. You can get there by bus or car, and the bus rides are usually quite cheap.
The city of Toledo is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is considered one of the absolute best destinations in Spain if you are into culture.
The culture of Toledo has been influenced by Christians, Jews and Moors alike. It was an important city already in Roman times, which is easily displayed in the architecture.
Segovia is located on the northern plains of Castille. It’s close to Madrid, and therefore ideal for a one day trip.
While not being as big as Toledo, it is certainly equally interesting. Segovia is famous for it’s historic buildings, which include the cathedral and a castle. Overall it is a beautiful city – something that is immediately obvious when you look at pictures of Segovia.
The student city Salamanca is a bit farther away than Toledo and Segovia. But it can still be reached for a one day trip, although also worthy of a longer vacation.
Salamanca particularly attracts international students and is one of the most famous cities in Spain when it comes to education. It is also the capital of the Castilla y Léon region.
It is the largest of the three cities mentioned here, and it gets a fair amount of tourists each year, though less than Madrid itself.
The old part of Salamanca is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and for good reason: It is considered to be beautiful, interesting and unique all at the same time.
Have you visited any of these cities?
Or are you considering some additional day trips from Madrid?
Let us know in the comments!