Excursiones cercanas a Madrid
Aside from the sightseeing spots that we can visit in the city of Madrid, in its nearby areas we can also find interesting day trips for the guests of Hotel Moderno as a base for their sightseeing trip. The most popular ones are Toledo and Segovia, although they are not the only ones.
These are some of the suggestions of places of historical or natural interest close to our hotel that can be of your interest if you would like to discover the surrounding area of Madrid.
- Toledo: The classic day trip from Madrid. A medieval city declared a World Heritage Site, host of the royal court in the past and known for having been the home to communities from three different religions: Christians, Muslims and Jews. Walking around the old town of Toledo is a perfect way to soak up the history. We can visit landmarks such as the Cathedral, the Synagogue and special places such as the gate of the walls or the famous painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz by El Greco. It is located some 50 miles from Madrid, just under one hour by car or bus and just 35 minutes by high-speed train.
- Segovia: A small but charming Castilian city located 60 miles north of Madrid, on the other side of the Guadarrama mountain range. It is famous for its stunning Roman aqueduct, but also has other special buildings such as the Alcázar citadel or the Cathedral, concentrated in a small area of the city. It is also famous for its cuisine, with the suckling pig being the city’s signature dish. You can get there in an hour by car or half an hour by high-speed train.
- Alcalá de Henares: A historical city in the Madrid province that today has almost become part of Madrid’s suburbia, it is located some 18 miles east of Madrid and you can get there easily by public transport. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1998, it has a small and pleasant old town and it is famous for its university -that the locals accuse the people from Madrid to have stolen it from them- as well as for being the place of birth of Miguel de Cervantes.
- San Lorenzo del Escorial: In this small town among the mountains northwest of Madrid, approximately a 45-minute drive away, is the stunning Escorial Monastery, dating back to the 16th century and also declared a World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape, shaped by the mountains of the Guadarrama mountain range.
All of these places are less than an hour and a half away from Madrid by public transport. Since our hotel is located at the Puerta de Sol, 50 yards from us is the entrance to the regional train station from where you can comfortably go to these cities or change to high-speed train stations from where you can also go.