Although Madrid has so much to offer, it is sometimes nice to escape the hustle bustle of the city. There are lots of amazing places to explore within a short drive away. Visit Toledo, the ancient center of the Spanish Kingdom to walk the medieval streets or El Escorial where you can take a tour of the San Lorenzo Monastery, which was built by King Phillip II in 1562. Segovia has preserved the incredible engineering of the Roman Aqueducts while Salamanca is home to the third oldest University in the world. As you can see, there is no shortage of fantastic destinations to be explored right on Madrid’s doorstep.