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Road trips in Madrid during October

Madrid's privileged position allows you to explore its sites whilst driving through all the roads. But, you need not go far to find nature, history, architectural wealth and rich cuisine, following multiple routes by car. October, as it is the beginning of autumn, is the perfect time for a road trip as it's a cooler season and you can enjoy the vivid colours of the nature.

One of the most popular routes from Madrid leads to the town of El Escorial. Less than 50 kilometres away, it offers the impressive Monastery of San Lorenzo, from the late sixteenth century. When you pass Sierra de Guadarrama during October, along the way, you will enjoy unique and beautiful landscapes.

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Another very suitable city for a road trip is Aranjuez, which is about 42 kilometres from Madrid. Its cultural landscape is a World Heritage Site, with an impressive setting formed by the Royal Palace and its beautiful gardens that inspired the musician Joaquín Rodrigo. Enjoy picking strawberries and asparagus before completing your journey.

A little over 30 kilometres away, you can complete a unique cultural tour by visiting Alcala de Henares, famous for the centennial of Cardinal Cisneros University (1499) and the birthplace of Cervantes. Its cultural heritage is unique, which is why this place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Leaving Madrid, less than 70 kilometres away, you can take a trip to the past by visiting Toledo. 500 years ago, this town was an important part of the Spanish Empire and has left a monumental mark with gems like the Cathedral, Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes and the Alcázar with its eventful history. The old bridge over Tajo allows breathtaking views of the city and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Spain.

Segovia is one of those cities within 100 kilometres of Madrid with an impressive heritage, which begins just inside the famous Roman aqueduct. Enjoy passing through the typical suckling pigs along the segoviana route.

In the same province, the route leads through La Granja de San Ildefonso and Pedraza. This is another one of those accessible roads that enjoys many of the capital attractions. The first highlights is the great palace of Felipe V, influenced by Versailles, while the second is a medieval monument.

Nature is very beautiful during October following the route on Sierra de Gredos. Finding cliffs, gorges and diverse plants in and around Duero and Tajo Rivers. This was a small example of the many wonders that can be enjoyed during early autumn near Madrid.

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