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Central Spain

Visit Central Spain

Introduction

Central Spain is dry, hot and arid and, bar the capital Madrid, is all too frequently overlooked. Castile-La Mancha and the Madrid region do, however, have a lot to offer for those willing to find it and is easily explored on a self-drive tour.

Central Spain's plains may appear harsh, but they are scored with olive groves and dotted with crumbling villages. This is traditional Spain, a rural heartland where the people are notoriously friendly and the pace of life is slow. The midday siesta, away from the beating sun, is an absolute necessity.

Madrid is, of course, the biggest draw for most travellers to Central Spain. The Spanish capital is a vibrant city and a European capital of art. Grand and stoic compared to Barcelona's fluidity, it's the political heart of the country and it deserves a few days of any tailor-made holiday to the region. The region's other major draw is Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a lot of history and easily one of Spain's prettiest cities.

Special offers in Central Spain

Salamanca Wine Experience‬‬

5-day tailor-made break staying at Hacienda Zorita from £395 pp

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offer

Stay 4 nights pay 3 – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero (Douro) Valley. You’ll stay in an idyllic country manor with all of Salamanca’s heritage charm on your doorstep.

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Top itineraries in Central Spain

Salamanca Wine Experience‬‬

5-day tailor-made break staying at Hacienda Zorita from £395 pp

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights pay 3 – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero (Douro) Valley. You’ll stay in an idyllic country manor with all of Salamanca’s heritage charm on your doorstep.

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £370 pp incl. flights

Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.

World Heritage Sites of Spain

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £675 pp incl. flights

Among its rolling hills and sweeping plains, central Spain hides some of Europe’s finest cultural treasures, from medieval fortresses to Roman aqueducts. You’ll take it all in with scenic country drives and stays in historic hotels.

Madrid & the Castle Route

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £720 pp incl. flights

After beginning with Madrid's storied grandeur, drive the beautiful Castle Route of Spain, staying in the region's finest paradors – historic hotels that range from 14th-century castle accommodation to once-ancestral aristocrat homes.

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Top places to stay in Central Spain

ME Madrid Reina Victoria, Madrid

Contemporary hotel

With so much on the doorstep, ME Madrid Reina Victoria is the perfect base for city slickers, art lovers, historians and gastronomes alike

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques, Madrid

Historic hotel

A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this 19th century former palace counts the Royal Palace, Teatro Royal and Almudena Cathedral among its prestigious neighbours. And, from its historic garden setting to its panoramic rooftop views, it’s a haven of tranquility in the beating heart of Madrid

Hotel Ritz, Madrid

Grand & elegant hotel

Part of the Mandarin Oriental group, this 1910 belle époque masterpiece takes pride of place in the heart of Madrid’s cultural ‘Golden Triangle’

Palacio San Facundo, Segovia

Traditional hotel

With its traditional, wood-beam aesthetic and sleek, contemporary design, this renovated 16th century palace is perfectly positioned to explore Segovia’s World Heritage charms

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Where to go in Central Spain

Toledo

Toledo is one of Central Spain's loveliest cities. Straddling the Tagus River around 70 kilometres south of Madrid, Toledo is also a fascinating city historically, a former capital of the Spanish Empire. Today, Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage site on account of the city's impressive buildings and…

Madrid

Madrid, the energetic and enticing Spanish capital, makes a fabulous city break destination, or as the focal point for an itinerary taking in other Central Spain attractions. It has an impressive historical centre, beautiful sun-kissed squares, some lovely parks and a population of passionate peopl…

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When to go to Central Spain

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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