Just 45 minutes away from Madrid, Chinchón feels like another world. It’s quaint, small, and ideal for a Madrid escape. In fact, it’s so close, you can even see the city’s skyline and sierra. From the crumbling castle, Chinchón’s highest point, time and space muddle together. Young boys kick a football, girls swing their hips in the rhythm of practiced hula-hoopers, and an older generation simply looks on, observing quietly. I watched, photographed, and felt like a speck of time in the old, but not lost, traditions of Spain.
Chinchón is decidedly and delightfully small (around 5,000 call it home). Besides its colorful Plaza Mayor (painted a surprisingly Mediterranean blue), the small village is known for its food. Though I didn’t try the pastries, the famous anise delicacies (travel fail), I did get a roasted portion of pork (to share with others) and a notably cheap jar of vino de la tierra, or wine from the land. Wander up the hill from the Plaza Mayor, just two blocks away, and you’ll find a restaurant with wine caves and a rustic and incredibly sprawling setting. It’s a bit more expensive than desired (speaking from an English teacher’s budget), but the atmosphere sanctified it. And again, at least the wine is cheap! Where? Mesón Cuervas del Vino.
To get here, from Metro Conde de Casal, take bus 337. The bus stop sits on the main road, Avenida del Mediterráneo. Roundtrip ticket costs 8 euros.
Gorgeous photos, Chinchon is definitely on my to-visit list! I love anise, so I will try and taste the anise pastries and let you know what they are like!
Thanks! It was a beautiful day. Chinchón is a must! And please, let me know about those pastries! Suddenly the bus arrived and the day was gone… (Like so many in Spain.)
I’ve never been to Chinchón, but have an extra day on my next trip to Madrid. Had planned on Avila, but the pueblecito may win out… looks beautiful!
It is beautiful! Although having been to both, I may side with Avila, especially if you’re going to go in the summer heat! If you intend to dine and wine yourself through the day, Chinchón is the place to be.
Gorgeous post, Anna! Love the photos of the plaza, and especially the green detail on the facade. I haven’t explored Chinchón yet but these tales of a slow, relaxing day are tempting indeed.
Thanks! Chinchón really is the best Sunday break from Madrid. However, I wouldn’t make the trip until it’s sunny! What happened to this Madrid spring?