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Best Day Trips from Madrid: Best Road Trips in Spain

Thursday Aug 4, 2016

Start your Spanish adventure in the capital city of Madrid – the exciting city features stunning boulevards, excellent shopping and a wealth of museums and galleries to explore. Enjoy city life in the large bustling center of Spain before thinking about your next stops, which are plentiful. Due to its central location, Madrid is the ideal base to begin some of the best road trips in Spain!


Rent a car, put on your seat belt, and get ready for some of the best day trips from Madrid:


The Valley of the FallenValley of the Fallen Monument

Valley of the Fallen | Madrid, Spain

The Valley of the Fallen was commissioned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to honor those who died in the Spanish Civil War. The monument is famous as one of the most controversial in the world, given that prisoners were forced to carve it. The Valley is the resting place for around 40,000 people from the 1930s conflict and the burial place of Franco. It is an impressive and moving sight to this day.

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour



Plaza de Santa Theresa in Avila, Spain

Historic Center of Avila | Avila, Spain

If you have enjoyed some of the most impressive churches and cathedrals in Madrid then you will love Avila. Known as the City of Stone, the city has more churches and cathedrals per capita than any other city in Spain. It is also the highest city in Spain, and has spectacular views across a river. Tour the churches and the inner city wall that dates back to the 11th century.

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour 30 minutes


New Castle of Manzanares el Real

New Castle of Manzanares el Real

Manzanares el Real Castle | Manzanares el Real, Spain

One of the best preserved castles in the area that surrounds Madrid, the New Castle of Manzanares el Real is worth the short day trip from the city. Known for its role in the movie “El Cid”, the castle was once the presidential palace of the Mendoza family. With six spectacular floors, the palace is an excellent example of Spanish military architecture.

Distance from Madrid: 50 minutes



Hanging Houses of Cuence, Spain

Historic Center of Cuenca | Cuenca, Spain

You have to visit Cuenca to see the unique houses hanging from cliffs! The medieval town has been in battles for centuries and features buildings that date back to the 12th century. The town also has a Gothic cathedral and plenty of Spanish sensibility. The drive is around two hours one way so you may need to set out a little earlier to make the most of this day trip from Madrid.

Distance from Madrid: 2 hours


El Escorial

El Escorial Palace

San Lorenzo de El Escorial | Madrid, Spain

The royal palace, school and museum are all part of the Monastery complex called El Escorial, just outside of Madrid. First constructed in the 16th century the monastery was originally built for Hieronymite monks, but is today inhabited by the Order of Saint Augustine. Gaze at the impressive architecture of the complex, which was designed under one of the architects who worked on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Distance from Madrid: 50 minutes



Toledo, Spain

Historic Center of Toledo | Toledo, Spain

The hillside ancient city of Toledo is one of those must-see cities that is just an hour away from Madrid. Start your tour from the top of the hill and work your way down through the ancient cobbled streets. Discover the eclectic architecture within this historic town at its impressive cathedral and its tasty local marzipan.

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour


Start Planning Your Day Trips from Madrid Today

Find a great deal on any car rental in Spain when booking through Kemwel and you’ll have affordable transportation for any day trip from Madrid! Kemwel offers great travel specials on everything from accommodations to van rentals and more. Check out your options online or call one of our travel experts, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668, to get your vacation planning started today.

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