Planes de Semana Santa de última hora

Planes de Semana Santa de última hora

The first Easter without restrictions, beyond the use of a mask in some public spaces after two years of the pandemic, has triggered the desire to leave the capital. Most of the religious acts of the community have been recovered, which opens the door to attend the traditional processions and liturgical acts, some of them converts recognized for their cultural and historical value. This is the case of the Passion of Chinchón, considered a festival of national tourist interest, the Living Passion of Colmenar Viejo or Morata de Tajuña, or the traditional procession of the Resurrection Sunday Meeting of Móstoles.

However, if what you want is another type of activity, we propose some “lay” plans; suggestions near Madrid that will allow you to disconnect without having to spend the day behind the wheel. They are all suitable for doing them in one day, although, if you want to take it easy, you can look for accommodation and consider them as a two, three, or even four day getaway. Take note!

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Chinchon

The Plaza Mayor of Chinchón is one of the most beautiful in Spain

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The first of our proposals is one of the small treasures of the Community of Madrid. Regular in the lists of charming towns, Chinchón proudly boasts its Plaza Mayor, declared the fourth material wonder of the community and a notable example of the Castilian porticoed squares, sometimes used as a bullfighting pit. The town, a candidate for Rural Tourism Capital 2022, is a town in the Las Vegas region of just over five thousand inhabitants surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The castle, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción or the Clock Tower are some of the essential spots when visiting this fairytale site located 45 kilometers southeast of the capital.

50 kilometers

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Palace and monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid

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In the Sierra de Guadarrama, at the foot of Mount Abantos and Las Machotas and half a hundred kilometers north of Madrid -about 60 minutes by car-, we find San Lorenzo del Escorial. The town, which today has 18,000 inhabitants, grew up around the monastery, gradually spreading towards the mountains. Although its location is ideal for hiking or to enjoy a bike route, our proposal on this occasion is aimed at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. And it is that this complex, built during the 16th century in gratitude for the victory in the battle of San Quintín, was once considered the eighth wonder of the world. Elevated to a masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance, it is in the Herrerian style and stands out for its symmetry and austerity. In addition to the monastery, it includes a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library and a college.

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80 kilometers

The Farm of San Ildefonso

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Fountain and royal palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

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Further north of San Lorenzo del Escorial, already in Castilla y León, just 11 kilometers from Segovia and 80 from Madrid, La Granja de San Ildefonso welcomes foreigners with a majesty that remains intact over the centuries. The “farm”, which was born as an agricultural complex ceded to the Hieronymite monks by the Catholic Monarchs at the end of the 15th century, ended up becoming the residence of Felipe V. Today it is the perfect excuse for a getaway in the middle of nature. Called the Spanish Versailles, the complex is made up of a royal palace and some spectacular 146 hectares of gardens, forests, ponds and fountains. The monarch, fascinated by the court of his grandfather, Louis XIV, entrusted the project to Teodoro de Ardemans and the design of the gardens to René Carlier, a disciple of the Sun King’s architect.

95 kilometers

Pradena del Rincon

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Pradena del Rincon, Madrid

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Prádena del Rincón is an excellent destination for nature lovers. It is a tiny town that does not reach 120 neighbors nestled in the Sierra Norte de Madrid, between transhumant roads and watercourses. Located about 95 kilometers from the capital, in this tiny town surrounded by beautiful landscapes, we assure you that you will be able to forget about the routine. Stroll through its cobbled streets, among buildings of traditional architecture, and come to its delightful parish church, a 13th-century temple dedicated to San Domingo de Silos. Its surroundings are ideal for hiking -either in the Samoral lagoon, or the Peña del Cuervo path-, photography or cycling. Are you going to miss them?

160 kilometers

Cabañeros National Park

Cabañeros National Park

Cabañeros National Park

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Our last plan for Holy Week takes us to the land of Castilla-La Mancha, to the Cabañeros National Park. Nestled in the heart of the Montes de Toledo, in the provinces of Ciudad Real and Toledo, its proximity to Madrid – it is 160 kilometers southwest of the capital – makes it an attractive spring getaway. Despite its natural wealth -it is one of the best examples of Mediterranean forest on the Peninsula and treasures countless species of protected flora and fauna-, it is surprisingly the least visited national park in Spain. In Cabañeros you will feel part of nature. And it is that it has various routes to explore on foot, by bicycle or in a 4×4, especially interesting options to enjoy with the family.

The proposals are suitable for a day, but, if you wish, you can propose them as a 2, 3 or 4 day getaway