Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Madrid

If you’re looking for a memorable and unique incentive trip, look no further than the Spanish city of Madrid. Offering unlimited group excursion opportunities, a trip to Madrid is sure to motivate and inspire your group. After all, it’s the only city in the world with seven UNESCO World Heritage sites within one hour’s drive!

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized each of these Spanish treasures for their cultural and historical value to humanity. Many of these wonderful excursions are located in and around Greater Madrid.  Let’s explore.

Located just 28 miles northwest of Madrid, is the Monastery and Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Built at the end of the 16th century, the monastery is a monument dedicated to the Spanish monarchy. The royal site also includes a library, palace, basilica, convent, museum and gardens.

The town of Alcalá de Henares is best-known for being the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.” It is also home to Complutense University of Madrid founded in 1293. The Parador of Alcalá de Henares built within a 17th century monastery building, features 15 meeting rooms of varying sizes making it an excellent choice for MICE gatherings.

Next, travel to Aranjuez. The Royal Palace and its magnificent gardens, monuments and surroundings are best explored while flying high above in a hot-air balloon. Ballooning has and continues to be an unforgettable way to enjoy the city.

Hayedo de Montejo is an ancient beech tree forest overflowing with natural beauty. Allow your attendees to relish the flora and fauna of this region while relaxing and enjoying the landscape of the region.

The Old Town of Segovia is a must-see destination easily reached by rail. Designated a historic site under Spanish law in 1941, the city is magnificently preserved. Its most famous attraction, the Aqueduct of Segovia, built in 50 B.C., is a remarkable feat of engineering that carried water to the city from the Frio River 30 miles away.

Ávila is a beautiful city located 60 miles from Madrid in the Castile region of the country. Founded in the 11th century, it’s an excellent example of a fortified, medieval city. The massive walls surrounding the city include over 80 semicircular towers and nine gates which remain largely intact.

Finally, the city of Toledo is a 30 minute train ride from Madrid. The city’s cathedral is considered one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe.

These sites are preserved and protected for the enjoyment of today’s travelers and for generations to come. An incentive trip to Madrid is easily elevated to a cultural experience by visiting any one of these destinations.

For further information, please contact the Madrid Convention Bureau.



Amanda brings nearly fifteen years’ experience in the meetings and events industry giving her significant working knowledge in event management plus unparalleled experience servicing and maintaining a strategic meetings management program. During her time in the industry, her responsibilities have ranged from logistical planning for corporate business meetings and high level advisory boards to managing the site selection process for both corporate and association clients. She has sourced a variety of programs, including incentives, roadshows, international meetings and citywide conventions.  She holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University and contributes to industry-specific pieces for i-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events  


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