One hundred twenty-six thousand - this is how many people pass control of Madrid-Barajas Airport (Madrid-Barajas) named after Adolfo Suárez arriving in Spain, which is 46 million passengers per year! It is located about 11 km from the capital and has 4 terminals, one of which is among the five largest terminals in the world.
When planning a trip, it is very difficult to choose a stop for rest, because you want to see a lot, and the country is incredibly different in its manifestations. The rapid life, the quaint architecture of Barcelona, the culture of the central regions, the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and the majestic mountains.
In order to have time to see all this, it is better to rent a car in advance and start traveling directly from the airport. This can be done, including on our website, by selecting the date, time and location of the delivery of the car. We offer rental of expensive, new cars. All cars have excellent equipment and air conditioning that will make your trip not only fast, but also comfortable.
So, in case you use the vehicle rental service, your hands are untied and the journey promises to be interesting and eventful. We collected feedback from our customers, the best advice from guidebooks and, based on them, made a rating of places of interest not far from Madrid that are worth visiting.
Before describing the beautiful routes, I want to immediately tell about the peculiarities of movement around the edge of flamenco on my own transport:
This is the land where the sun shines 6 days out of 7. There is everything for a perfect holiday - the sea, beaches, clubs, mountains, flamenco, bullfighting, history, painting, architecture, wine and paella with seafood. The country is in second place for the attendance of tourists for the year, so the apartment is best to book in advance! And be prepared for the fact that they will not be cheap in the season: from May to October.
Of course, the first thing you get from Barajas to Madrid. Tourists often do not pay attention to him, preferring to go to Barcelona at once, but if you come for the funeral, we hurry to disappoint you: in the territory of Catalonia, bullfighting is prohibited. But the rest of the regions bullfights are carried out from March to October. This spectacle collects a lot of people, is the soul of the Spanish macho and costs from 4 to 130 Euros for an entrance ticket.
Also, we advise you to visit the central square of the capital - the Plaza Mayor, built during the Habsburg era in the Baroque style. Initially, it was outside the city limits and served as the Market Square, then it became an arena for bullfighting and executions. Now on the square are city holidays and festivals. In total, there are 136 buildings with 437 balconies from which you can watch the action.
Famous attractions include the Royal Palace, one of the largest art museums in the world, the Prado, the city park of Buen Retiro, the ancient Egyptian temple of Debod and the Almudena Cathedral.
The Spaniards say that in whatever direction you go, on the way you will definitely meet either a castle or a village-museum. 100 km from the capital is a village, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Locals call it the “time capsule”, since Pedraza begins its history from the 13th century, and since then time has frozen there. You can get inside only through the only gates, and historical films that are constantly being filmed here with decorations and actors in ancient clothes make this fortress town magical.
Are you a fan of Don Quixote? Then you should go to Alcala de Henares, the birthplace of Cervantes, 30 minutes away. Imagine, there even runs a train, on the wagons of which the main character of this book goes along with his squire Sancho, arranging a small theatrical performance. Alcala de Henares is also famous for the oldest university in Europe, whose audiences are over 500 years old, but even today, half a century ago, students are listening to lectures in these walls. Another magical village nearby is Escorial. It houses the monastery of the 16th century, which previously served as the royal residence. Immediately rest all the monarchs. Spanish kings have always been the most devout European monarchs, so the Monastery has already 13 chapels and 300 monastic cells. You will also find unprecedented beauty of the hills, canvases of Titian and a grand collection of books, second only to the Vatican.
Segovia is within an hour’s drive. This city is the epitome of all the best of Castile: intertwining streets, the aroma of traditional cuisine from every window, cozy restaurants, medieval walls and magnificent churches of Romanesque architecture.
Here is one of the most famous castles - Alcazar. It was they who once inspired the creator of the studio of the same name, Walt Disney, and it was within the walls of his throne room that Queen Isabella approved the voyage of Columbus, thereby giving Europe the path not to India, as expected, but to the New Land of America.
Here you can also see the largest Roman aqueduct in Europe. Another castle, which you can easily reach from the airport on a rented car, is the fortress city, and in combination - the former capital of Toledo, frozen on top of a cliff. Here you will find synagogues, mosques, monasteries, Roman ruins, a Gothic cathedral, and you can also visit the caves. The fortress historically passed from Carthage to Rome, then from the Visigoths to the Moors, with each owner adding something of his own. It is here that the homeland of the famous Damascene blades and white windmills, and delicious marzipan and rosemary flavors fall in love with the city.
The championship and the honor of being the most famous building in the vicinity of the capital belongs to Manzanares el Real. This is a bright sample of Catholic gothic 1475. Inside the halls are kept one of the richest collections of tapestries. From time to time, medieval fairs with theatrical shows are organized inside the building.
If you are interested in more modern, but no less ambitious buildings - go to the Valley of the Fallen. This is an impressive monumental complex dedicated to the Civil War of 1936-39. It was carved in 1940 from convicts by convict Francisco Franco from the mountainside of the Guadarrama mountains. 19 years passed from the beginning of the work to the opening of the monument, and it occupies 1,365 hectares, while the height of the central cross reaches 150 m. To climb to the very top, an elevator moves inside the cross, which can deliver tourists to 2 basic platforms 25 and 42 meters high. In two chapels on the sides of the altar with gigantic domes 40,000 victims of this war are buried.
If you arrived in the winter and are looking for a good ski vacation, rent a car and head to the nearest resort just 50 km away - Puerto de Navaseorada. This is one of the most popular family ski centers in the country among the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. 9 lifts, 19 routes with a length of 12 km and a height difference of 415 m.
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