Taking a day trip can be a great way for the whole family to relax and unwind from visiting busy Madrid!
There’s no doubt that Madrid is chock full of fascinating places that the whole family will love. However, if you’ll be in town for more than just a few days, we strongly recommend taking a family day trip! A one-day escape is the perfect opportunity to chill out in a more laid-back environment without the stresses of the busy city. Here are our favorite day trips from Madrid with kids that the whole family will enjoy.
In case the name (Warner Bros. Park) didn’t make it clear, this one easily tops our list of the best day trips from Madrid with kids! Parque Warner is full of wholesome fun for the whole family. Kids will love having the chance to meet some of their favorite characters, from iconic superheroes to cartoon classics. In addition to dozens of rides dispersed throughout the five themed areas, they also offer fun live performances that will delight the kids. Plus, they even have an onsite water park!
Getting there from Madrid: The park recently began offering a great package deal, which includes a round trip bus ticket to the park from Madrid as well as entry to the park itself. You can book the tickets online in advance or in person at Estación Sur on Calle Méndez Álvaro. There is a similar offer that will get you there and back by train.
Your kids will love having the chance to step into a real life fairytale town! That’s right—the gorgeous Alcázar in Segovia was the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella castle! The coronation of Queen Isabella took place here in 1474 as just one of hundreds of royal events throughout the site’s rich history. And of course, no discussion of Segovia would be complete without mentioning the iconic Roman aqueduct that towers over the city center. The stunning Gothic cathedral and well-preserved, picturesque Jewish quarter deserve a mention as well. All in all, with so much history around every turn, it’s no wonder that Segovia makes for one of the most fascinating day trips from Madrid with kids!
Getting there from Madrid: Segovia-bound Renfe trains leave Madrid’s Chamartín station regularly and will get you there in less than half an hour. You can also take buses run by the company Sepulvedana, which leave Madrid from the Moncloa station several times per day.
Valladolid has played an integral role in Spain’s rich history over the centuries, and that helps make it one of the best day trips from Madrid for kids. They’ll enjoy getting up close and personal with history through the interactive exhibits at the Christopher Columbus Museum (the explorer died in Valladolid in 1506). Kids will also have a blast exploring the fascinating Valle de los 6 Sentidos, a unique and innovative playground.
Getting there from Madrid: Valladolid is one of the furthest day trips from Madrid for kids. However, the Avant, Alvia or AV City trains can get you there from Madrid Chamartín in just over an hour, making it feasible to do as a day trip.
As one of the best-preserved medieval strongholds in all of Spain, there’s so much in Ávila that will fascinate kids and adults alike. Imposing centuries-old walls surround the entire city, holding many clues to its fascinating past. Consider a guided audio tour of the walls and their 88 watchtowers to get more context. They even offer a special dramatized audio guide for children that will make the myths and legends of Ávila come alive. Within the walls, the stunning medieval architecture lining the storied cobblestone streets will surely take your breath away.
Getting there from Madrid: Surprisingly, the bus is faster than the train (as well as cheaper!). Buses run by the company Jiménez Dorado leave Estación Sur bound for Ávila every two hours or so, and will get you there in an hour and 15 minutes. If you prefer to take the train, Renfe trains leave from the Chamartín station and take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours.
The unrivaled historic city of Toledo is a fascinating place to explore with kids. It held great importance for each of the three major world religions throughout the centuries. This gives it a unique blend of Christian, Jewish and Muslim culture. Kids will especially have a blast marveling at authentic suits of armor in the Alcázar, wandering through the historic streets and even ziplining over the river!
Getting there from Madrid: Take the efficient Avant train from Atocha station to get to Toledo in half an hour. For half the price, you can also take the Alsa buses that leave regularly from Plaza Elíptica, which generally take anywhere from one to two hours.
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.