When one thinks of Madrid, it is common for images of the hustle and bustle of the capital to come to mind. What few remember is that this region is an excellent place to organize a day trip. Some of the most beautiful towns in the Community of Madrid are among the 29 municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants. Beyond the must-see cities of Aranjuez, San Lorenzo del Escorial and Alcalá de Henares, Madrid’s geography is full of small gems worth losing yourself in for a few hours. These are eight of our favorites.