If you're get the itch to escape the big city for a day or two, the region around Madrid holds a handful of lovely destinations just waiting to be discovered.
Many of Spain's most emblematic sights are just a short bus, train or car ride away. Marvel at Segovia's Roman aqueduct, Toledo's medieval cathedral or the immense El Escorial palace if history's your thing. On the other hand, nature buffs love the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, a popular but surprisingly unspoiled reserve of lakes, valleys, hills, trails and fresh country air.
Wondering how to get there and what to do when you arrive? Use these links to find out more: