Category Archives: Beyond Madrid

Day Trip to Alcalá: Literary Roots

by Julie Espinosa Alcalá de Henares, 25 km east of Madrid, is a charming UNESCO world heritage city worth a day trip. Its claim to fame is being the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote de … Continue reading

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Around Madrid: La Pedriza – Wilderness Close at Hand

by Katie Goldstein Possibly one of the best things about Madrid is the ease with which you can get away from it all. The lovely Sierra de Guadarrama lies to the north and northwest of the city, offering great train-accessible … Continue reading

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Around Madrid: a Day Trip to Toledo

by Julie Espinosa Known as the “city of three cultures,” medieval Toledo was a relatively harmonious home to Christians, Muslims and Jews for several centuries—and luckily, while the latter two groups have disappeared, traces of their architecture remain. Toledo also … Continue reading

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Around Madrid: a Day Trip to Segovia – Suckling Pig and a Roman Aqueduct

by Amy Menchhofer Want to get out of the city for a day? Already been to Toledo and El Escorial? Set your sights just beyond the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains to Segovia. And be sure not to miss the Top … Continue reading

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Around Madrid: a Day Trip to El Escorial

by Faye Davies Closer than Segovia and less mercenary than Toledo, El Escorial makes an absurdly easy day trip from Madrid. Go when it’s fine and you can combine nature, culture and fine dining in the time it takes to … Continue reading

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Place your bets at Madrid’s Hipódromo

by Ben Curtis After around a decade of closure due to lack of sufficient public interest, Madrid’s Hipódromo horse racing track reopened last year. Today marked the beginning of the new season, which runs through to July 19th. This is … Continue reading

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Walking in Madrid’s Sierra de Guadarrama

by Ben Curtis Photo: wild horses in the Sierra high above Cotos   This article on walking in the Sierra de Guadarrama (with a treat for Google Earth users at the end!) comes from Graeme at South of Watford. Graeme … Continue reading

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