Instituto Cervantes

Our weekend excursions around Madrid

It´s all go here at AIL Madrid, our classes and our incredible action packed Fun Afternoon Activities program is just not enough for us! For this reason, we´ve got something very special for everyone on the weekends; excursions in the form of jaw-dropping guided tours in Spanish and English, to the many breath-taking filled towns tucked just around the corner from Madrid, all including culture, history and beauty.

Why not soak up the multiculturalism that characterizes Toledo, try the famous “cochinillo” (fine pork meat) of Segovia or lose yourself in the depths of the Spanish Empire in “El Escorial” Madrid is surrounded by all of these magical places, you can´t let this chance slip! See it all with AIL Madrid!

Toledo, the old capital of Spain


Enjoy a whole day in this incredible city declared a world heritage city by UNESCO in 1987. The old capital of Spain is nowadays the capital of the “La Mancha” province. Numerous writers have referred to it as the “melting pot of cultures” due to its Christian, Jewish and Muslim heritage. We will start the day with a breath-taking panoramic viewpoint of the city and then go on to visit the most important monuments such as “el Alcázar” (military headquarters of the old regime), the synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and the famous cathedral. A true contrast of culture that you can´t afford to miss!

Ávila and Segovia, two gems of Spain

Ávila and Segovia

A stone´s throw from Madrid, two of the most famous Spanish cities filled with magic and history, also declared as part of Spain´s heritage by UNESCO. We will visit the impressive Roman aqueduct of Segovia and the fortified city wall of Ávila, amongst other little bits of magic dotted around the city. Without a doubt, an unavoidable trip if you want to see the real Spain.

Monastery of El Escorial, a marvel of Spain

Monastery of "El Escorial" and "El Valle de los Caídos"

The famous Monastery of El Escorial was renowned for years by many as the eighth wonder of the world. Probably the most symbolic grandeur of the Spanish Empire showing the heights of the old regime, enjoy the peculiar “Basílica del Valle de los Caídos”, excavated in the interior of a mountain lying only 9km of "El Escorial": a living relic hidden away in the mountains of Madrid.

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