The city of Madrid has lots of gardens, parks, and green spaces, but they’re intended as places to spend a pleasant couple of hours. So if you really want to take a break from the Spanish capital’s fast pace and have a unique summer experience, then consider camping somewhere in Madrid province. It’s a popular thing for Europeans to do during the summer.
Camping at one of the sites in Madrid province provides an economical, family-friendly vacation. You can pitch your own tent, but many places have bungalows instead. A number of campsites allow campers to drive in their own camper vans or caravans, too.
Some campgrounds have nearby hiking trails that allow people to get into closer contact with nature, while other campgrounds provide more of a summer camp atmosphere. You can participate in the games and activities with other families as well as spend some time at the campground’s pool.
Madrid’s campsites aren’t too far away from day trips to El Escorial Monastery, Aranjuez Palace, and other interesting places, either.
To find camping sites, check out (in Spanish or English): http://www.campingsonline.com/, http://www.vayacamping.net/en/index.htm, or http://www.campingalpha.com/.
Another option is a ‘casa rural’, a country house. Some are essentially country hotels for a getaway to the country, but others are truly country homes that you can rent for periods of time, for small and large groups alike. Start here: http://www.casasruralesmadrid.com/.
[Photo: Sergio Molina, in Navarra]