10 most beautiful towns in Madrid

From the historic streets of Patones de Arriba to the tranquil beauty of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, each city on our list offers a unique blend of history, charm, and scenic splendor. For seekers of history, adventure, calm or just if you like to discover spanish culture and villages, here is the list of the 10 most beautiful towns in Madrid.


city of Aranjuez

Known as the “Royal Site of Aranjuez,” this town is famous for its stunning royal palace and gardens. You can discover a variety of monuments and enjoy all its green space.  Explore the lavish rooms of the palace, stroll through the gardens, and take a boat ride along the tranquil waters of the Tagus River. It’s the perfect destination for a day trip from Madrid.


Segovilla place Navalcarnero spain

This town is steeped in history, with its origins dating back to the Middle Ages. The famous place of Segovia must to be seen when you there, with its typical castillan style and the buildings that bordered the place with their charming wood balcony. With its rich history, cultural delights, and scenic beauty, this charming town offers a truly authentic Spanish experience.

Patones de Arriba

Patones de arriba street

With slate stone as the main building element, Patones de Arriba is one of the most visited village in the area. You can visit the Church of San José, a striking example of rural Baroque architecture, and learn about the village’s past at the local museum. This place is perfect for seekers of a peaceful atmosphere. Located in mountains, you can walk in its alleys with its stone houses decorated with colourful flowers.


Plaza mayor Chinchon

Step into the past as you enter Chinchón’s iconic Plaza Mayor, one of the most picturesque squares in all of Spain. Indeed, this decor has been used for all kinds of shows such as movies or royal festivities. Immerse yourself in the cultural effervescence of Chinchón, where tradition and modernity blend harmoniously. Located just a short drive from the capital, Chinchón offers an ideal escape.

La Hiruela

la hiruela spain

La Hiruela is a little-known town but well worth a visit. Delve into the rich history and cultural heritage of the city as you explore its historic landmarks and archaeological sites. Visit the Church of San Miguel Arcángel, an example of rural Spanish architecture dating back to the 16th century.


rascafria spain

It offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty and rich history, with attractions such as the Monasterio de Santa María de El Paular, a 14th-century monastery featuring Gothic architecture and tranquil gardens. It is the most attractive monument of the city. You can also explore the forests of El Bosque Finlandés and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or biking. Admire the landscapes around it with the Lozoya river is a thing to do.

Manzanares el Real

Castillo de los mendoza Manzanares el Real

Manzanares el Real is a historic town known for its medieval. The highlight of the town is the Castillo de los Mendoza, a well-preserved fortress built in the 15th century, offering panoramic views of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Moreover, Manzanares el Real boasts charming streets with traditional houses and artisanal shops. You can also enjoy the nearby Embalse de Santillana reservoir.

Buitrago de Lozoya

rempard Buitrago de Lozoya spain

The focal point of Buitrago de Lozoya is its impressive Castillo de Buitrago, a medieval fortress that offers panoramic views of the countryside. The city is also perfect for amators of contemporary art with the Picasso museum which houses 60 artworks of the paintor. The town is also still surrounded by its intact ramparts and overlooks the river, providing a magnificent backdrop.

San Martín de Valdeiglesias

San Martín de Valdeiglesias spain

The town is known for its beautiful surroundings, including the Embalse de San Juan reservoir known as the principal ‘beach’ near Madrid and where you can swim and do activities such as boating, wakesurfing and water skiing.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

San Lorenzo de El Escorial spain

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the imposing El Escorial Palace, a grand complex built in the 16th century that served as a royal residence, monastery, and mausoleum for Spanish kings. The town is also perfect to wander around and discover its rich gastronomy, its atmosphere and its corners.

Thanks to this list you now know what to do around Madrid if you want to discover more about the spanish culture or just want to discover incredible villages.

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