3 Best Road Trips Around Madrid
There are a few road trips from Madrid that you can’t miss since they are so close to the capital around 1 hour’s drive. Click here to book online activities in Madrid and day tours
If you are staying in Madrid read our Madrid itinerary and best things to do in Madrid and places to visit in Madrid!
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Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest city, too. In European Union, it is the third largest city with an area of 233.3 square miles. Madrid is perfect for road trips and I got my car insurance from the van insurer at great rates to ensure a hassle-free journey.
Even though Madrid is mostly comprised of modern infrastructures, it has preserved its historic ambiance throughout the city. With old churches, museums, parks, and other buildings, you will surely learn a lot about its history.
Best Time to visit Madrid
Madrid is a city with four lovely seasons, loveliest of which are spring and fall. These periods are considered the best time to visit Madrid since summers might get too hot while winters can be pretty gray here. Spring lasts from March to May, though the last month may sometimes be much warmer than the first two.
On the other hand, fall lands on September to November. While spring and fall are definitely the best time to visit Madrid the months between these two seasons are filled with sunshine and will be a delight for most tourists, too.
Daily Budget in Madrid
You can spend from €5-10 in a meal also going for beer and tapas. In transportation, you can spend around €5 per day. You also have to add entrance fees for museums or any attractions in Madrid. You can go the budget looking for free days to visit the museums in Madrid. You can manage with €30-40 per day and you will have amazing time exploring the city.
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What to do in Madrid
There are many activities you can do in Madrid. Weekdays in Madrid can really be busy. Saturday is the perfect day to hangout while Sunday is the day when you can do relaxing activities or just rest.
These are some of the activities you can do around Madrid:
Meet the locals
As a local in this city, I suggest you meet locals around and make friends with them. You will have fun strolling around the city with your local friends.
Visit Museums and Parks
The whole country of Spain (not just Madrid), like what I said earlier, is home of historic museums and parks. If you love learning about the culture of a country, then this activity is for you. Some of the places you can visit in Madrid are:
Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family but it´s only used for ceremonies. It´s great to walk around Sabatini Gardens and Campo del Moro Gardens.
Teatro Real or simply El Real, is the major opera house in Madrid founded in 1818. It has over 2000 seats and one of the greatest theaters in Europe.
Golden Triangle of Art
This is composed of three museums: Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Prado Museum is the main Spanish National Museum featuring pre-20th century art. Collections of Goya and Velazque are some of the highlights of the museum and it’s really worth the visit.
Reina Sofia Museum, inaugurated in 1992, is located in Madrid near Atocha Renfe and metro station. It´s mainly dedicated to Spanish art. The most famous masterpiece in this museum is Guernica which is painted by Pablo Picasso.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is located near Prado Museum, in one of city´s main boulevards. It´s one the largest private collection in the world with 1600 paintings.
Experience Night Life
Just like any other country, Madrid is also full of life at night. Many restaurants, theaters and clubs are open during nighttime and you can enjoy hanging out with your friends or even make friends with locals.
Cycling around the city
Bicycle is a famous form of transportation in Madrid. If you want a mix of exercising and enjoying the views of the city, then I recommend that you try this.
Do a road trip around Madrid
Lastly, one thing you should try in Madrid is having a road trip! Whether you do it alone or with your loved ones and friends, you will surely enjoy Madrid and its wonderful places through road tripping. As a local, I totally recommend this activity for tourists in Madrid.
But to be able to do road tripping, you need a car. Good thing there are a few ways you can rent a car in Madrid.
With the help of EasyTerra, you can conveniently pick the best car for you. Not only that, you can just arrange everything on their website, from pick up and drop off points, booking, and even paying! You can easily compare rates to choose the most fitting car for your needs and budget.
So, here are the places I always suggest to my friends who want to road trip in Madrid:
Road Trips around Madrid
Madrid – Toledo
It´s the shortest trip from Madrid with around 45 minutes of driving. I recommend leaving Madrid at 10 AM to avoid peak hours.
Head to A-42 Highway and it will take 30 minutes until you see Toledo sign. Once in Toledo, you have two options: park the car before going up to the medieval city or just go up to the parking lot which is sometimes full.
It´s a beautiful place to walk around, relax, and eat. After walking you can go to Zocoder Plaza, the main one in the city.
This day trip Madrid-Segovia will take you more than an hour driving. Head to A-6 Highway and drive until Segovia. You can either take the toll road (for faster trip) or cross the mountain (takes longer especially if there are many trucks)
It’s easy to park and walk around Segovia because it’s just a small city. The main attraction here is the Segovia Aqueduct from the Roman times. It’s a perfect place for taking pictures. Visit here in the morning and eat lunch in the area.
The typical dish in Segovia is Cochinillo (roasted pig). They cook, and they slice with dishes. After slicing the meat, they break the dishes into the wall. It´s kind of a show for tourists and locals in the restaurant.
More Road trip destinations around Madrid
Head to A-3 Highway and drive for around an hour to get to Chinchón. Once in Chinchón, walk around the plaza and enjoy the views of old and traditional houses. The town is small, and the main plaza is the perfect place for lunch. There are restaurants and I suggest that you try Cocido, one of the most popular dishes in Madrid. This is a tasty stew which is heavy to eat. Cocido is chickpea-based stew served with meat and vegetables.
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.