My Top 6 Excursions in Spain

By Ainsley T.


During my Au Pair Spain program I lived with a host family in the town Aranjuez, about 50 minutes south of Madrid. Aranjuez is a beautiful historic municipality with amazing restaurants and its own public transport system. This made it easy to explore my host community—a typical ride was €1.30.

It was also easy and inexpensive to get into Madrid via Cercanías trains—local commuter trains that serve major cities in Spain. I’d take them by myself on my day off on Sundays or when traveling with fellow au pairs. A roundtrip ticket from Aranjuez to Madrid cost €8.10.

I traveled a lot while on my Au Pair Spain program and experienced authentic Spanish culture and history I would have missed had I been traveling as a tourist. To all future Au Pair Spain participants, ask your host family about interesting things to do in the area and you’ll find some treasures that you would not have otherwise!

Here are my top excursions in Spain:

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