A trip to Madrid, Toledo, Aranjuez and Segovia
We recently spent ten days sightseeing and having fun in Madrid, Toledo, Aranjuez, Segovia and a car-trip around La Mancha. Here are some of our highlights, and recommendations on things to do and things to skip.
- See the Templo de Debod.
- Have a cheap lunch at the Museo del Jamon (€8-9 for a set menu).
- Visit the royal palace complex, gardens and museums.
- Enjoy the view and reading space in the town hall.
- Visit the Prado for free, after 6pm.
- Relax in Parque Retiro — there’s lots to see there too.
- Wander around and admire the architecture.
- Enjoy the mix of architectural styles. There’s strong elements of Jewish, Islamic and Christian influence.
- Visit the Spanish military museum.
- Duck inside the Cathedral crypt, and pay to enter the rest if you like what you see.
- See Roman, Moorish, and Christian buildings at the Cristo de la Luz mosque.
- Visit one or two of the many churches and synagogues
- Cross to the Parador for a full-city view and a drink on the balcony.
So much of this city is a UNESCO site. Amazing!
- Visit the Royal Palace.
- Wander the gardens and admire the statues and fountains.
- Enjoy the opulence before it fades.
- We saw people kayaking the river, and that looked fun.
- Marvel at the 2,000+ year-old aqueduct. How high! How straight!
- Walk slowly through town to the Alcázar.
- Eat roast piglet — but it’s pricey! We settled for a kebab instead.
You can read more about our trip in these two diary posts: our Spanish holiday and Sun and sangria in Castilla-La Mancha; but I really recommend listening to the podcast too. Hit play at the top of the post, or check for episode 243 in iTunes.