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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Madrid


One of the finest examples of a medieval walled town in all of Europe, Spain’s highest city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Santa Teresa, a renowned 16th-century mystic.

53 miles northwest of Madrid,
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El Escorial

This austere royal monastery in the foothills of Sierra de Guadarrama, built back in the 16th century by King Philip II, is a scenic place that offers an insight into the history of the Spanish kingdom and the monarchs’ devotion to religion.

28 miles northwest of Madrid, Sierra de Guadarrama,
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The fairytale Alcázar (Royal Palace) graces the hilltop of this delightful town known for its ancient cathedral, a Roman aqueduct, and a profusion of Romanesque churches.

54 miles northwest of Madrid,
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Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions have all left their mark in this scenic hill town that was home to El Greco, the 16th-century master of Spanish painting. Spend the day visiting his former house (now a museum) and wandering the mazelike Jewish quarter.

42 miles southwest of Madrid,
Tags: art | architecture | history | day trip | religious

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