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Day Trips from Madrid

By Viator, August 2014

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Perhaps one of the best advantages of Madrid is its location smack dab in the center of the Spain: this means that if you head in just about any direction, you'll come upon a worthwhile day-trip destination. With so many options to choose from, though, here are three that inevitably top most any list.

Segovia
What's not to love about Segovia? The city epitomizes old-world majesty with its almost 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, well-preserved medieval streets, and the especially dreamy Disney-like castle. More than just sights, Segovia is famous for its cuisine: No visit would be complete without sampling the cochinillo, a suckling pig cooked to such perfection that the chef will often cut it in front of you with a plate (yes, a plate – not a knife!).

Toledo
Competing for best day-trip status is Toledo, almost an hour’s drive south of Madrid. This hilltop, river-wrapped city was previously the capital of Spain, and proudly once a peaceful home to Catholics, Jews and Muslims. These days, you can delve into the city's rich history by visiting its Gothic cathedral, Jewish quarter and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, among many other stops. Go even more local by purchasing yourself a sword (for which Toledo is famous), and sampling a chunk of sugary marzipan, a very local specialty.

Ávila
And then there's the walled city of Ávila. Located northwest of Madrid, Ávila makes its way onto most people's list of favorites due to its walls, which enclose the city's old quarter like a rocky lasso. Get up close and personal with the stony barrier by walking atop it, then scaling its towers for unbeatable views of the city and surrounding countryside. Spend the rest of your day visiting sights such as the Basilica de San Vicente, and sampling local specialties like yemas de Ávila (a sugary egg-based sweet). Finish the trip by sticking around for sunset to watch the city walls light up for the night.

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Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 954 Reviews

Soak up Spain's fascinating history and legendary culture on an Avila and Segovia day trip from Madrid. Explore the walled city of Avila, Spain’s ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.79

Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 1064 Reviews

Travel from Madrid to Toledo, a national monument to Spain's art and history, and discover a treasure trove of El Greco artworks. Experience Toledo’s past on a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 or 8 hours

From USD $63.63

Skip the Line: Segovia, Ávila and El Escorial Monastery Day Trip from Madrid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Skip the line at three of Spain’s most fascinating UNESCO-listed sites on an exciting excursion from Madrid. With an expert guide, walk around the medieval ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.57

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 291 Reviews

Experience the grandeur of Spain on a guided half-day visit to El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument from Madrid. Discover why the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.91

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.36

Madrid Super Saver: Toledo and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a half-day tour of Toledo and a half-day tour of Aranjuez. In the morning you’ll travel ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.27
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Toledo Small-Group Tour from Madrid with Optional Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover the fascinating city of Toledo, once home to the great painter El Greco, on this tour from Madrid. Immerse yourself in a melting pot of three cultures ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 or 8 hours (depending on option selected)

From USD $71.29

Small-Group Pedraza and Segovia Tour from Madrid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This day trip from Madrid takes you to the two historic towns of Pedraza and Segovia for a splendid day of sightseeing and exploring. Travel back in time as ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.35

Private Tour: Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Get to know the ancient city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a 5- or 8-hour day trip from Madrid! Choose to see the city at your own pace with a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $61.31

Barcelona Rail Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

While you’re in Madrid, take the opportunity to visit Barcelona for the day by train. Catch a high-speed rail connection direct from Madrid and travel across ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $380.46

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