21 Apr Top Day Trips To Take From Madrid

Staying in Madrid? We’ve teamed up with Hertz to give you five of the best day trips to take from Madrid. 

The crowning capital of Spain is a vibrant metropolis bursting at the seams with history and culture. But it’s more than a destination in its own right as Madrid, located at the heart of the country, is also the perfect gateway to explore further afield.

Whether you want to discover the Orange Blossom Coast of Valencia or the Gothic architecture of Seville this summer, here we explore five of the best day trips from Madrid, thanks to Hertz.



A three hour drive north-east of Madrid will take you to the capital of Aragon, Zaragoza. Located on the banks of the River Ebro, Spain’s fifth-largest city offers long views out over the valley. Discover Roman ruins, a turreted castle, freshwater aquarium and thriving café culture.

Sierra Morena

Sierra Morena

Located 300km south of Madrid in Andalusia, is the dramatic Sierra Morena mountain range and natural park where you’ll want to get out of your car and take in the vast views. If you like to hike, there’s a useful visitor centre with details on trails to follow. There’s also an animal sanctuary that is home to wild boars and deer, while wild lynx and wolves have been spotted in the area.


Cuenca Spain

A 165km drive south-east of Madrid will take you to the historic walled city of Cuenca, an important UNESCO World Heritage site with Moorish history, a Gothic cathedral and an ‘overhanging house’ situated precariously on the cliff tops.

Serranía de Cuenca


Keeping with the theme of Spain’s mountain ranges, Cuenca is also the gateway to one of the country’s finest national parks. Perfect for those with a sense of adventure as you can explore the rivers and waterfalls, or head into the mountains for a bird’s eye view of the city.


Salamanca Spain

Drive 215km north-west of Madrid and you’ll come to Salamanca, a charming city renowned for its cultural heritage and home to Spain’s oldest university. The place comes into its own on a summer’s evening when the last rays of sunshine light up its sandstone buildings, and cast a golden glow onto the streets.

From picture postcard views of the mountains to exploring the streets of Medieval Spain, there’s plenty for you to see and do this summer with a holiday to Madrid.

With thanks to Hertz, our AA Rewards Hertz Car Hirepartner, for providing us with five worth while day trips from Madrid.

Don’t forget, if you’re an AA customer and planning to hire a car when abroad, you’re entitled to up to 10% off Hertz car hire.  Get a quote or book your car hire here.

Mary-Lou Quinn