Capricho is a stunning garden on the edge of Madrid. If you want to get away from the bustle of the city centre and take in greenery in a quiet and relaxed setting, Capricho needs to be at the top of your list of where to go. This garden not only has not only what you would expect to find: a gorgeous array of flowers year-round, greenery in every corner, lane-ways draped with lilacs, sweeping grassy lawns, quaint ponds with black swans, rose-covered archways but it also has a few surprises such as bamboo-sided boat house, a labyrinth, a palace that is actually an aviary as well as hidden bunkers left over from the civil war.
If you come to Spain and all you get to see is Segovia, you will go home happy. Segovia has a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, a medieval castle, a gothic cathedral Roman churches, quaint pedestrian streets filled with artisan shops, and some of the best gastronomic delights in Spain.
Going to Toledo is like stepping into a fairyland kingdom from a far away time. Castles, a river surrounding the walled city, 3 cultures intertwined and very little evidence of modern city structure. Take your time to take in all there is to see and do.
Juan Carlos I is an active park. Slap on your running shoes and head to the park ready to have some fun. There are playgrounds for children of all ages, courtesy rental bikes, a tourist train, areas to play basketball or soccer, boats to rent and 100's of trails to walk, bike or run. There are plenty of picnic tables throughout the park so pack a lunch and make a day of it.
Parque Europa has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The kids love the numerous playgrounds that are peppered throughout the area, not to mention the pony rides, activity farm and mini-golf. Adults can enjoy the replicas of the 18 European monuments as well as numerous "big kid" activities such as a zip line and multi-adventure park. Pack a lunch or stop at one of the on-sight restaurants, but plan to make this a full day activity because no one will want to go home.
Two quaint mountain villages full of adventure are in the hills just outside of Madrid. Navacerrada’s claim to fame is that it has the closest ski hill to the capital city, and Cercedilla is an all-around adventure town winter and summer.
Looking for a winter get-away? Winter is an excellent time to visit Spain as you don't have the crowds to contend with, will skip the intense heat and have cheaper prices. Here is a guide of where to go in Spain in the winter.
This quaint and charming village should be on every tourist's must-see list if they are in Madrid. Patones is only 45 minutes from Madrid and yet is missed by many visitors. Be sure to take an afternoon or a day to walk through this delightful village.