Hacienda Sofia is a memory of old-world Spain made new, in an exclusive fully-staffed estate. Tucked into the countryside just 45 minutes from Spain’s chic capital city, Madrid, it offers a…
Right in the heart of the country, our Central Spain villas are amongst the most luxurious we offer. They're also perfectly situated for exploring some of the country's oldest cities and towns as well as never-ending stretches of dramatic landscapes.
Central Spain is overflowing with ornate palaces, medieval buildings, fairytale castles and breathtaking gardens. Set amid rocky sierras, there’s plenty to keep you active and inspired.
Often overlooked in favour of the bustling coastal towns, the cities, towns and villages ranged across Castile-La Mancha, Castile-Leon, Extremadura and Madrid boast some of Spain’s richest heritage, set in awe-inspiring scenery.
Crammed with medieval buildings, fairytale castles and elaborate palaces, you can almost hear the footsteps of the many different cultures that have settled before.
In homage to its fabled inhabitant, Don Quixote, Castile-La Mancha fits the Spanish idyll of rolling hills studded with olive groves, overlooked by windmills and medieval castles.
The majestic Castile-Leon is at the heart of the Spanish empire. Perfect for exploring the country’s history, you’ll find some of the finest palaces and artworks dating back to the Spanish Renaissance.
Visiting Extremadura is like taking a step back in time. This wild remote area of rugged mountain landscapes, shelters towns and cities with lovingly-preserved Roman remains and cultural traditions.
With incredible mountain ranges, natural parks and stunning scenery, you’ll get an authentic experience of the true essence of Spain. One that will have you coming back for more.
- Stroll around one of the finest collections of European art at Madrid’s El Prado. With artwork and sculptures dating back to the 12th-century, you’ll find world-famous pieces by Velázquez, Goya and El Greco.
- Experience the austere beauty of King Philip II’s grandiose El Escorial. Just outside Madrid, this magnificent complex houses a church, library, monastery, royal palace and college.
- Get active in spectacular mountains, dramatic rock formations and dreamy rivers in the Sierra de Guadarrama. Criss-crossed with trails, the region is ideal for exploration by foot or bike.
- Be spellbound by Segovia’s fairytale Alcázar castle. Sitting atop a rocky crag looking over the town, take a tour around its medieval battlements, imbued with history and legend.
- End the day with an uplifting flamenco performance in Madrid. Choose from the likes of Corral de la Moreria, Las Carboneras or Cardamomo as well as other tablaos across the city.
- Luxuriate in the elaborate facade, opulent interiors and striking Porcelain Room in the Royal Palace at Aranjuez, before taking a walk around its landscaped gardens with creative water features.
- Look out over Avila’s spellbinding city walls. Illuminated by night, these medieval walls cast a magical shimmer across the city.
Spain’s cosmopolitan capital: where tradition meets modernity. Fine gastronomy, art and culture sit amid a backdrop of elaborate architecture and inspiring green spaces.
The Alcázar’s romantic turrets rise above a rocky crag, giving this medieval city a fairytale feeling. Deep in the city, you’ll find its ancient awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct.
Overlooking the plains of Castile-La Mancha, this ancient walled city is a melting pot of Arab, Jewish and Christian culture and history.
World-renowned for its hanging houses, suspended over vertiginous cliffs since the 15th century. Behind Cuenca’s fortress walls you’ll find a host of well-preserved medieval buildings.
A delightful mélange of architectural styles, Salamanca is renowned for its university, which is the oldest in Spain.
Encircled by breathtaking medieval city walls, which light up by night, Avila sits in rolling countryside and is crammed with heritage buildings.
On the banks of the River Tajo, Aranjuez is home to the majestic Royal Palace. Holiday destination for Spanish royalty, its elaborate façade, interior and stunning gardens are a must-see.
Central Spain is renowned for its gastronomy: from the finest gourmet experiences and mouthwatering regional sweets, to the simple pleasures of fresh local asparagus and strawberries, there’s plenty to tantalise the tastebuds.
Start the day like a real madrileño with freshly squeezed orange juice, café con leche and toast with fresh tomato purée and cured Spanish ham.
Nibble on sweets like Cuenca’s alajú – a traditional pastry made with almonds and honey; Avila’s yemas de Santa Teresa – a tasty sweet made with egg yolk; or La Dulcería de Chinchón – a freshly made, cream-filled doughnut, perfect with a shot of chinchón as a digestif.
Lunch on lipsmacking regional dishes with roasted meats or charcuterie. Try Segovia’s roasted suckling pig, or cochinillo asado, and Cuenca’s speciality roasted lamb. And don’t miss Salamanca’s cured ham – Jamón Ibérico de bellota. From pigs fed on acorns, it’s held to be the best in Spain.
And why not finish the day with the ultimate in fine dining? Book a table at Madrid’s extravagant DiverXO – headed up by the incredible “Dabiz” Muñoz. One of the world’s top 50 restaurants, it’s an experience not to be missed.