Day trips from Madrid

must see day trips from madrid

Landing and departing from Madrid is a great idea if you want to have a base during your stay and want to have a set starting point. You can easily do day trips and shorter stays from the Spanish capital. Madrid is well connected so even if you don’t want to rent a car you can easily see the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020. I recommend to think about how you will be getting around from point A to point B because that is something that can help make planning easier.

How to get around Madrid:

  • Train – Omio trains
  • Rent A Car – Skyscanner rentals, great, reliable, and budget friendly
  • Bus – Avanza Bus
  • Blabla Car – Trusted Carpooling
If you are on the verge of thinking about visiting Spain, Here’s 5 reasons to give you more of a reason to pick Spain as your next Destination, if you need help planning a trip, read my complete guide about Everything you need to know about how to plan an international trip in 2020, lastly if you want to book that trip, and don’t know where to start saving up to travel, follow my tested and proven 10 tips on how to save up for your next trip

1. cuenca

must see days trips from madrid

1st of the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020 is Cuenca. A charming city with a lot of history, great views, hanging houses, and an underestimated reputation meaning not too many tourists you’ll have to swarm through.  

Information: Tourism website 

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour 47 minutes by car. 

What to see/do: Hanging houses, San Pablo Bridge, Cuenca Cathedral, Plaza Mayor and its colors, Go for a hike near Rio Huecar, when you get to the top you’ll have a nice view of all of Cuenca. 

Where to eat/drink: Parador, it’s a bit of a splurge but totally worth it, you get to have lunch looking out at all of Cuenca and the food is 10/10. Bonus tip: You honestly can’t ever go wrong eating at any Parador. It’s a high end hotel chain (4.5-5 stars) all throughout Spain. For drinks you can go to Grotte Del Huecar that is a gastropub inside a cave with a special ambience. 

When to go: We went in February and it was beautiful out. We comfortably went for a hike and sight saw in light jackets. Granted 65 degree weather isn’t typical in February, we got lucky. Spring and Summer would be really pretty when the trees and flowers are blooming/have blossomed and you can go for a swim in one of the clear blue lakes. 

How to get there: Train, bus, or car rental.

2. toledo

Toledo, Spain

Number 2 of the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020 is Toledo. It is a beautiful ancient city. I personally find it to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  

Information: Tourism website

Distance from Madrid: 54 minutes by car.

What to see/do: Go ziplining and see the town in seconds, Monasterio de Los Reyes (pictured), Alcazar de Toledo, visit and walk on Puente de San Martin, go to Mosque of Cristo De La Luz, Puente de Alcantara, look at all of Toledo from the Mirador del Valle (Viewpoint) Enjoy the religious history of Toledo, there’s a lot of it in Toledo.

When to go: All year round.  

How to get there: Car, bus, train

3. Cascada de purgatorio

must see day trips from madrid

Number 3 of the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020 is Cascada Del Purgatorio. This is a waterfall and natural water area where you can go for a hike and/or visit and hang at the lake. 

Information: Hiking website

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour 32 minutes by car.

What to see/do: Hike to the waterfalls all the way at the end and go for a swim once you are there. There is a lake/natural pool prior to getting to the waterfall, in the beginning of the route.  It is named Las Presillas Piscinas Naturales de Rasca Fria.  

Where to eat/drink: Feel free to go by Las Presillas when you return from your hiking route for a swim in the natural pool, drink, or icecream. There are little convenient stops by the lake where you can pick up a light snack and drink. 

When to go: In the spring/summer.

How to get there: Car rental would be best.

4. sepulveda

Sepulveda, Spain

Number 4 of the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020 is Sepulveda. This town is in the region Segovia and is super close to Madrid. It is a cute more suburban town in Spain. 

Information: Tourism website

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour and 38 minutes by car

What to see: The tiny pueblos in the town. You can go for a hike like we did. It’s quite easy but it is long, about 5 hours round trip. There is a chiringuito (bar) at the end of the hiking route that offers drinks and snacks. 

When to go: Spring – Fall if you are going for a hike or whenever if you are going to check out the pueblos.

How to get there: Car is easiest.

5. Pedraza

must see day trips in madrid

Number 5 of the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020 is a tiny pueblo in Segovia, named Pedraza. Don’t let it’s size fool you, it might be tiny but its a very pretty town with lots of artisanal shops and rustic brown and pink hues. They have a candle light festival in the summer that I’m going to try to make it too this year. They basically light the whole city up with candles (wicked, I know!)  

Information: Tourism website

Distance from Madrid: 1 hour 32 minute by car

What to see: There is a “Ignacio Zuloaga Museum” I didn’t go to. We walked around prior to going to eat at Segovia and bought bread at 2 artesenal shops. 

When to go: We went in the fall, if you are trying to walk around outside, I would recommend to go Spring – Fall. 

How to get there: Car is easiest.

6. Segovia

must see day trips from madrid

The last but certainly not least of the must see day trips from Madrid in 2020 is Segovia. Stop here for history about the Romans. This pink and brown town has a lot to say when it comes to history and its Spanish origins. 

Information: Tourism website 

Distance from Madrid:  1 hour and 5 minutes

What to see: The Aqueduct, Segovia Cathedral, Alcazar, Segovia City walls, Plaza Mayor

Where to eat/drink: La Portada de Medio Dia is a top notch restaurant not too far out of the city if you have a car. Stop at Plaza Mayor to people watch for a cup of tea/coffee at one of the cute cafes.  

When to go: All year round. Day or night the aqueduct will look amazing!

How to get there: Car, train, bus. 

Whether you are thinking of renting a car or going by bus or train, you definitely have options of easily getting out of  Madrid during your stay. I would recommend to come up with a route to have a starting point and an idea of where you want to go. Then I would start with transporation next, will you be traveling by car, train, or bus? Sometimes it’s best to book early to save a little so having an itinerary can help vs going in blindly. Here are some other sources when you are thinking about day trips in Madrid:

Day trips from Madrid 

Ten Brilliant day trips from Madrid 

Let me know in the comments below how your day trips are coming along!!

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