Madrid 's beauty extends beyond its borders. Just two hours away from the city, you will find nine enclaves which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Alcalá de Henares, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Córdoba, the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Aranjuez Cultural Landscape. The stunning Guadarrama Mountains, where you can enjoy snow sports in any of their famous ski resorts, lie just a few kilometres from the capital.
WORLD HERITAGE SITES
There are nine UNESCO World Heritage locations situated just two hours away from the city: Alcalá de Henares, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Córdoba, the Monastery and Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Aranjuez Cultural Landscape.
In 1986, Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, thereby acknowledging centuries of historical wealth. The streets of this city, which is only 70 kilometres away from Madrid, were once synonymous with peaceful coexistence between Moors, Jews and Christians.
At an altitude of a thousand metres, Segovia was founded on a limestone crag, protected by the Eresma and Clamores rivers. Its Roman aqueduct and impressive castle are just a couple of the monuments that led to the Unesco declaring it a Wolrd Heritage Site in 1985.
Located in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, only 50 kilometres from Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial is renowned for its impressive monastery, where the monarchs of the House of Hapsburg and Bourbon are buried.
ALCALÁ DE HENARES
Just 30km from Madrid lies Alcalá de Henares, one of the most important cities in the history of Spain. The Universidad Complutense was founded here in 1499, and since then it has declared Spanish a language of culture. In 1998 it became a World Heritage Site.
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