Surroundings of Madrid
As we also offer Day Tours to the surroundings of Madrid we would like to tell you something about these cities and sights over here.
Avila is the capital of the Province of Avila, located 110 kilometers northwestern of Madrid in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. It is one of the towns with the highest number of Gothic and Romanesque churches per capita in Spain.
The town is completely surrounded by still complete medieval town walls, what the city is most famous for. The town walls were built from the 11th to the 14th century, the walled area is approximately 2,500 meters and the walls are 3 meters thick. The average height of them is 12 meters and the wall has 9 entry gates.
This monument is not only impressive in the daylight as it is fully illuminated in the nights.
Another impressive monument in Avila is the cathedral that dates back to 1107 and whose eastern apse builds a part of the town walls.
The Basilica de San Vicente is another famous sight in Avila, it was built from the 12th to the 14th century.
There are many more things to see and visit in Avila like its Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, the Convento de San Jose, the Palacio de Don Diego del Aguila, the Iglesia de San Pedro and many more like the approximately twelve museums.
If all this sound good to you and you would like to visit Avila, just book our Tour Avila & Segovia.
Segovia is in the northwest of Madrid and only a one hour drive, as the distance is only 100km. It's also a city full of ancient history, Segovia was built in a craggy rock made of limestone. It is also located in the autonomous region of Castille and Leon and is the capital of the Province Segovia.
The Romans who lived there left their mark with an aqueduct which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985, as well as the whole city. It is located at the Plaza del Azoguejo and dates back to late 1st or early 2nd century. It consists of approximately 25,000blocks that are made out of granite.
Another famous part of Segovia is the Alcazar, the royal palace located on top of a rock between two rivers.
The Cathedral of Segovia is considered as the last cathedral in Gothic style built in Spain. It is approximately 100 meters long, 50 meters wide and 33 meters high and is has 18 chapels.
There are also lots of other interesting buildings in the city as well as the many parks and gardens you will find there, for example the Alcazar gardens, the Garden of la Merced and many more. You will also find many interesting museums in Segovia as the Museum of Arms or the Museum of Witchcraft and of course many museums belonging to the attractions or showing the history of the city.
Aranjuez is located 50 kilometers southern of Madrid and belongs to the autonomous region of Madrid. The city was reached by a railway line, the so-called "Strawberry Train", in 1851, which was the second railway line in Spain after the building of the line Barcelona to Mataro in 1848. Aranjuez became famous all over the world with the Concierto de Aranjuez that was composed by Joaquin Rodrigo in 1939. The UNESCO listed the cultural landscape of Aranjuez as World Heritage Site in 2001.
The Royal Palace of Aranjuez is a residence of the King of Spain and is opened for the public, too. It was built in the 18th century and has two huge gardens that were built in order to bring a little relieve from the dryness for the people that lived there.
The Mariblanca or the Royal Church of San Antonio were also not only built for ceremonial royal use, but also for the puclic.
The Plaza de Tores in Aranjuez was built in 1760 and has a capacity of 9000 spectators, what is pretty huge as the population of Aranjuez was only 4000 at that time. Of course there are also many other interesting buildings in Aranjuez as well as parks and gardens.
So the city is definitively worth a visit, if you are interested in a bus tour starting in Madrid, just book your tour here.
Toledo is located 70 kilometers south of Madrid, so it can be reached within 40 minutes by car. It is placed at the top of a granite headland which is surrounded by the river Tajo . It is the capital of the province of Toledo and was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1986, because of its cultural and monumental heritage and the historical co-existence of Jewish, Christian and Muslim culture. The well-known painter, sculptor and architect El Greco was born in Toledo.
The most famous sites in Toledo are the Alcazar, a central market place, the Zocodover and the cathedral. The Alcazar is a stone fortification located at the highest part of the city. It was used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century and was restored in the 1540s.
One of Toledos traditions is the sword-making, this tradition dates back to 500 BV and the steel if Toledo was famous for its high quality.
In the historic city there are many sight to explore, just to name a few: the Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva, the Monastery de San Juan de los Reyes, the Museum of El Greco, the synagogue of El Transito and the Alcantara Bridge.
If you would like to see this beautiful town, book our Day Tour to Toledo, either a half-day or a full-day Tour and explore the city.
El Escorial or as it would be correct The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain and is located in the town "San Lorenzo de El Escorial". It is located 55 kilometers in the northwest of Madrid. The El Escorial is a monastery, a museum, a school and of course a royal palace. It consist of two parts, the royal monastery and a hunting lodge that was only used by the royals and the monistic retreat, which are both five kilometers away from the monastery itself.
We offer a two different tours to El Escorial, where you will find out everything about it you would like to know.
One is the Tour to Escorial & Valley of the Fallen and the other one is Toledo, Escorial and Valley of the Fallen.
Valley of the Fallen
The Valley of the Fallen or in Spanish Valle de los Caidos is a monumental memorial and a Catholic basilica near El Escorial 60 kilometers in the northwest of Madrid. The victims of the Spanish Civil War are buried there and it was built by convicts, some of whom were Popular Front political prisoners. It was designed by Pedro Muguruza and Diego Mendez and is an example of the original Spanish Neo-Herrerian style. The monument covers an area of about 13.5 km2.
If you would like to visit it, we offer two Tours to the impressive monument, one of them is Toledo, Escorial & Valley of the Fallen and the other Tour is Escorial & Valley of the Fallen.