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The outskirts of Madrid

If you would like to make the most of your trip to Madrid, you have to discover its outskirts, where the region holds many surprising hidden treasures. You will discover a different kind of cuisine, a rich historical legacy certified by UNESCO in many cases and the tradition of a whole region with strong historical roots. You can discover all of these attractions thanks to Hotel Victoria 4 and its fantastic location, which is also ideal for mid and long-distance day trips.

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El Escorial

Considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World since the Sixteenth Century, the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was ordered by King Philip II to the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo as a tribute to the victory over the French in the Battle of St. Quentin (1557). Inside the monastery you can find a mausoleum which is the final resting place of many Spanish kings from the houses of Habsburg and Bourbon.

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Royal Palace of Aranjuez

One of the residencies of the Spanish Royal Family and part of the national heritage, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was also ordered by King Philip II to Juan Bautista. However, the architect died before finishing it and two generations had to pass until King Charles III managed to finish it, in what today is the symbol of the town of Aranjuez.

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Alcalá de Henares

Alcalá de Henares and its university are a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. Located on the outskirts of Madrid, once you are inside Alcalá you feel like you have gone back in time. Alcalá encompasses a university atmosphere, gastronomy, nightlife and popular festivals. Impossible to resist!

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Castle of Manzanares El Real

Possibly the best-preserved castle in the whole region of Madrid. Manzanares El Real doesn’t just allow travellers to enjoy its wonderful castle but also offers spectacular views of the reservoir and La Pedriza as well as exquisite mountain cuisine.

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Buitrago de Lozoya

City founded by Romans and walled by the Arabs. It was an important market town in the region of Madrid and is currently famous for being the home of the Picasso Museum, with a collection loaned by Eugenio Arias Herranz, a close friend of the artist.

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Chinchón

One of the most picturesque towns in the region of Madrid. Located just 45 minutes from the Spanish capital, the journey is worth it just to see is Plaza Mayor (Town Square). Other attractions are the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Clock Tower, Lope de Vega Theatre and the Castle of Los Condes. At the end of your visit, you can buy a bottle of chinchón, a traditional local spirit.