If you want to get the most out of Madrid, you have to get to know its outskirts. In the surrounding area, the region has several gems that will pleasantly surprise you. You will discover a different gastronomy, a rich historical heritage certified in many cases by Unesco and the tradition of a whole Community with strong historical roots. Attractions that the Hotel Victoria 4 allows you to discover thanks to its marvellous location, which is also perfect for medium and long distances.
Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World since the 16th century, the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was entrusted by King Philip II to the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo in honour of the victory over the French in the Battle of San Quentin. In the Monastery is the Mausoleum in which many Spanish kings of the houses of Austria and Bourbon are buried.
Royal Palace of Aranjuez
One of the residences of the Spanish Royal Family and a national heritage site, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was commissioned by Philip II to Juan Bautista. However, the architect died before it was completed. Two generations passed before Charles III was able to finish the palace that is now the symbol of Aranjuez.
Alcalá de Henares
Alcalá de Henares and its University are World Heritage Sites. Once inside it seems as if we have been transported back centuries. It is worth seeing all the details of this city on the outskirts of Madrid. University atmosphere, gastronomy, nightlife and popular festivals: impossible to resist!
Castle of Manzanares el Real
Probably the best preserved castle in the whole of the Madrid region. Manzanares El Real not only allows the traveller to enjoy its marvellous castle, but also offers spectacular views of the reservoir and the pedrizas of Madrid, as well as delicious mountain gastronomy.
Buitrago de Lozoya
A town founded by the Romans and walled by the Arabs. It was an important market town in the Community of Madrid. Nowadays, the area is also known for the Picasso Museum, with a collection on loan from Eugenio Arias Herranz, a great friend of the artist from Malaga.
This is one of the most picturesque villages in Madrid. About 45 minutes from the city, the trip is highly recommended to enjoy its Plaza Mayor. Other attractions include the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Clock Tower, the Lope de Vega Theatre and the Castle of the Counts. At the end of your visit, you can buy a bottle of Chinchón, a typical local liqueur.