5 amazing weekend trips for interns abroad in Madrid

Madrid’s magic won’t be lost on an intern abroad. The city offers some of Europe’s best museums, many beautiful parks and a vibrant night life. However, there’s much to be experienced in Spain beyond its booming capital city. Spain’s rich diversity and history will come alive during these 5 amazing weekend trips – perfect for interns abroad in Madrid. Here are our favorite weekend trips and places to see in Spain.

Top 5 places to see in Spain during your internship abroad:

1. Toledo

Places to see in spain

Claim(s) to fame: historical presence of Christians, Jews and Muslims, World Heritage Site, hometown of painter El Greco
Can’t leave without seeing: Alcazar of Toledo, Plaza Zocodover, Puente de San Martin (San Martin bridge), El Greco museum, Gothic Toledo Cathedral
Distance from Madrid: 72km, 35 minutes

How to get there: train
Population: 84,000
Ideal length of stay: 1-2 days


2. Segovia

Places to see in spain

Claim(s) to fame: World Heritage City, home to the beautiful castle Alcazar of Segovia
What to see: Segovia Aqueduct, Alcazar of Segovia, Jewish Quarter, Santa Maria Cathedral
Distance from Madrid: 92km, 2 hours (or 25 minutes by high speed train)

How to get there: train
Population: 57,000
Ideal length of stay: 1 day


3. Seville

Places to see in spain

Claim(s) to fame: capital of Andalusia, a region of southern Spain
Can’t leave without seeing: Seville Cathedral, Plaza de España, Real Alcazar palace, Metropol Parasol (in La Encarnacion Square)
Distance from Madrid: 534km, 2.5 hours

How to get there: train
Population: 697,000
Ideal length of stay: 2 days


4. Barcelona

Places to see in spain

Claim(s) to fame: capital of Catolonia, the beach, structures by Spanish Catalan architect Gaudi
What to see: La Sagrada Familia basilica, the beach, Catalunya Plaza, Santa Eulalia Cathedral, Casa Battlo, Barcelona Cathedral, Park Guell
Distance from Madrid: 620km, 2.5 hours

How to get there: train
Population: 5.4 million
Ideal length of stay: 2+ days


5. Granada

Places to see in Spain

Claim(s) to fame: home to Moorish palace Alhambra
What to see: Alhambra, The Cathedral of Granada, Court of the Myrtles, Palacios Nazaries
Distance from Madrid: 420km, 4 hours 40 minutes
How to get there: train + bus
Population: 238,000
Ideal length of stay: 2 days



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Photo 1. based on Alcázar de Segovia, by Jaime González, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on Toledo, Spain, by Sharon Mollerus, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on 4541-Segovia., by Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias, CC-by-2.0

Photo 4. based on Seville – Jewish neighborhood, by Raúl A.-, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 5. based on Barcelona city scape, by Rob Gillies, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 6. based on Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 2 October 2005, by Phillip Capper, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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