I am going back to Madrid for a second time and my friends and I would like to do a day trip/ one night somewhere nearby! Around a couple hours on the bus or train is fine but looking for somewhere new (we have been to Barcelona, Granada, San Sebastian, Cordoba)! Any suggestions?
A hair over your couple of hours, but a good option would be to go to Seville on the AVE train. Only takes about 2. 5 hours. The train station is walkable to the center, or buses & cabs are right outside Santa Justa station to get quickly to the Cathedral and The Alcazar. You could get off the train for a quick revisit of Cordoba and La Mezquita on the way (we never get tired of Cordoba).
I cannot agree more on Seville.
But, if you are interested in having other options to consider, Segovia or Toledo would be excellent places. In Segovia, you can see amazing Roman aqueduct and Alcazar. In Toledo, you will have travel back to the medieval time. Both places can be readily accessible by train or bus in less than 2 hours.
Great topic! I'm hoping to book a trip there this summer for my birthday and will be using some of these suggestions as well :)
Indeed Madrid is one of my favorite places in the world for day trips, with so many great locations easy to reach via transit, regional trains or short bus rides. In addition to the fine choices mentioned already, consider Aranjuez (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Alcalá de Henares, an old university town closely associated with Cervantes; and El Escorial, with its large palace including many art treasures. You could easiy spend a week doing worthwhile day trips out of Madrid.