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Top Day Trips from Madrid

By Viator, November 2017

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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. Here are some of our favorite day trips.

El Escorial Monastery & The Valley of the Fallen — 29 miles (47 km) away
The UNESCO-listed Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial sits northwest of the capital and is a historical residence for Spanish royalty. Both Charles I and Isabella of Portugal are interred within the monastery, characterized by its baroque dome, and Charles V was laid to rest within the palace known as the Pantheon of Kings. A trip to the monastery is often combined with a stop at the Valley of the Fallen, a controversial monument (commissioned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco) to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

Toledo — 45 miles (73 km) away
This hilltop, river-wrapped city was previously the capital of Spain, and today you can delve into its rich history by visiting its Gothic cathedral, Jewish quarter, and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, among many other stops. Purchase yourself a sword (for which Toledo is famous) or sample a chunk of sugary marzipan, a very local specialty.

Segovia — 53 miles (86 km) away
Segovia epitomizes Old World majesty with its almost 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, well-preserved medieval streets, and its especially dreamy Disney-like castle. The city is equally 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 instead of a knife.

Avila — 55 miles (88 km) away
Set northwest of Madrid, Avila makes its way onto most visitors’ list of favorites due to its city walls, which enclose the old quarter like a rocky lasso. Get up close and personal with the stony barrier by walking atop it, then scale its towers for unbeatable views of the walled city and surrounding countryside. Then visit sights in the old town, such as the Basilica de San Vicente, and be sure to sample local specialties like yemas de Avila (a sugary egg-based sweet). 

Salamanca — 132 miles (213 km) away
Stunning sandstone Spanish Renaissance architecture makes a visit to hilltop Salamanca well worth the trip. Attractions within this university town along the Tormes River include a 15-arch Roman bridge, the monastery and church of San Estéban, two cathedrals, and the immense Plaza Mayor.

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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid, Madrid, null
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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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 $85.89
El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

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Discover the magnificent Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and visit the "Imperial City" Toledo on this day tour. This full-day tour is a ...  Read more

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

From USD $122.51
Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
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Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

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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 $108.62
Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
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Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid

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Embark on a guided day tour to Toledo, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and Segovia with it's famous Alcazar and the Cathedral of Segovia. These two cities are ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00
Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Tour from Madrid

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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: Flexible

From USD $57.59
Segovia and Avila Guided Day Tour From Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
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Segovia and Avila Guided Day Tour From Madrid

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Unravel centuries of history visiting two of Spain’s oldest cities, where just by witnessing the majestic and well preserved Walls of Avila, and the monumental ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.73
Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour, Madrid, Day Trips
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

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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: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.46
Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Super Savers
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Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid

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Take a tour from Madrid and discover these two unique cities with outstanding monuments roman as the Aqueduct, gothic, etc which brings you a full vision of ...  Read more

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

From USD $78.37
Avila and Segovia Guided Tour with Lunch Upgrade, Madrid, Day Trips
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Avila and Segovia Guided Tour with Lunch Upgrade

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Dive into the History of Spain, with this unique cultural and gastronomic tour. Enjoy a walking tour in the narrow streets of Avila, that, besides, is the ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.73
Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
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Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid

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Discover two of Spain’s best-preserved medieval cities on this day trip to Avila and Salamanca from Madrid. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00

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