The Region of Madrid hosts three treasures that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, we are talking about San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Aranjuez and Alcala de Henares. After several weeks without moving freely through the region, we begin this exciting route that will surely not leave you indifferent.
If you are thinking about what to do over the next few days, we suggest that you stay in the Region of Madrid, and take the opportunity to explore three jewels of World Heritage that we are lucky enough to have in our region: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Aranjuez and Alcalá de Henares.
We start at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a town located in the Sierra de Guadarrama, with whom simply walking its streets will make a trip to the past within the beauty of their surroundings. Must visit are the Royal Monastery and its gardens, where you can feel like a king in the'Chair of Felipe II', place from which the monarch watched the progress of the Monastery works. Of exceptional beauty are La Herrería and the Pinar de Abantos declared Forest of special ecological interest and Picturesque Landscape respectively.
Between the Tagus and Jarama rivers is our next destination, Aranjuez. A beautiful town, whose historic centre was declared a Historical Site in 1983, well known for its groves, and orchards of strawberries and asparagus. There was established the spring residence of the Crown, so that gives us the chance to amaze with its historical heritage. Good proof of this are the Royal Palace, the Casa del Labrador or the Royal Riverboat Museum. But you can also enjoy nature with its gardens, or different landscapers routes like El Regajal or the Mar de Ontígola among others.
To conclude our tour this week, we're going to the east of the Region of Madrid to visit the birthplace of one of our most universal writers, Alcalá de Henares. Walk its streets, visiting its Roman ruins and archaeological sites, be amazed by the University, the Cathedral, the Convent of the Bernardas, the Laredo Palace, the Corral de Comedias or the Cervantes Birthplace Museum. Art and history at each step turn your visit into an unforgettable trip.
More info: World Heritage in Madrid
Image credits: Hugo Fernández - Comunidad de Madrid