You are about to leave on a business trip to beautiful Madrid. But wanting to unplug before or after an important meeting is natural. We’ve got you covered! Here are six cities near Madrid you can drive to, where you can sightsee, hike, shop and mix business with pleasure in the best possible way.
You need to relax before addressing an audience of 20 poker-faced men
If you want to stop thinking about that opening speech for the consultative meeting on Social Health Protection Mechanism… Rascafría, near Collado Villalba, is all you truly need as it doesn’t remotely resemble a cityscape. Whether you want to stroll through its charming streets or swim in the lakes, this beautiful region, littered with farms, is snuggled right in the mountains surrounding Madrid. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to forget about the rewriting of the Harmonization of Policies and Programmes…
You mumble about quarterly projections in your sleep, so it’s time to chill
You need a change of scenery before your meeting with the board of directors. Gear up to explore El Escorial, only 20 minutes’ drive from Collado Villalba, one of the most prominent sites in Spain’s royal history. Did you know most of the Spanish kings and emperors of the last five centuries were buried in the basilica? While marvelling at the 26 marble sepulchres, business plans and cost reduction will be no more than a distant memory.
El Escorial, Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial
You are about to present your financial report on Property, Plants and Equipment but you want to brag on Instagram
Located 31 km from Madrid’s hectic buzz, Alcalá de Henares is exactly what you are looking for. It is a small beautiful medieval city with an amazing ancient university and even a medieval brothel (not opened for business anymore, of course). Alcalá de Henares is packed with tavern-style tapas restaurants and friendly locals. You will once and for all prove that you can work hard and play hard.
28801, Alcalá de Henares
You need some ‘me time’ from your chatty and over-committed colleague
Drive to Aranjuez, located only 30 minutes from Pinto, a town where the Spanish royals used to go on holiday. It is an exceptionally beautiful place with hundreds of gardens, fountains, trails, waterfalls, sculptures and buildings. This quiet and peaceful town will be an ideal place to hide away from that co-worker who relishes any opportunity to bore you silly about his stamp collection.
You work with millennials, and you feel ancient
Colmenar Viejo, some 10 km from Tres Cantos, was founded in the 7th century. This ancient and beautiful city where time moves slowly is the perfect antidote for your fast-paced life. You will even put your phone on “airplane mode” at the Parque Regional Cuenca Alta Del Manzanares. And nobody will make fun of you if you need a little nap after lunch.
28770, Colmenar Viejo
More from Europcar
Boast about the Lisbon area during your coffee break
6 spots near Rome to relax like a real Italian
Can't beat these near London gee-whiz places!
The best spots to unwind around Frankfurt guaranteed without skyscrapers
Your desire to take a break from your business trip is quite understandable. When in Frankfurt, why don’t you leave the city behind and explore its surroundings? We bet you'll have lots to talk about at the canteen when you return.