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Around Madrid

Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World since the 16th Century, El Escorial is a jewel created by King Felipe II and his architect Juan Bautista de Toledo in honour of the victory over the French in the Battle of San Quintín. In the Monastery you’ll find the Mausoleum where many of the kings of Spain from the Houses of Austria and Bourbon were buried.

Royal Palace of Aranjuez

  • As one of the residences of the Spanish Royal Family, the Palace of Aranjuez is a national heritage site. It was initially ordered to be built by Felipe II Juan Bautista, but he died before it could be finished. Two generations passed until Carlos III could finish the palace which today stands as the jewel of Aranjuez.

La Granja Palace

  • This is a replica in miniature of the Palace of Versailles and was summer residence to many Spanish kings until Alfonso XIII.

University of Alcalá de Henares.

  • Alcalá de Henares and its University are World Heritage Sites. Once inside, it feels as if you’ve gone back centuries. It’s worth a visit to see all the details of this city in the outskirts of Madrid.

Manzanares El Real Castle

  • Probably the best preserved castle of the entire community of Madrid, Manzanares El Real not only offers a splendid castle, but also spectacular views of the reservoir, the La Pedriza mountainous area of Madrid and mountain cuisine that is worth tasting.

Buitrago de Lozoya

  • A city founded by the Romans and walled by the Arabs which was an important market-city of the Community.

Chinchón

  • This is one of the most picturesque towns in Madrid. Don’t miss a visit to its famous Plaza Mayor (main square).