Chinchon, Colmenar de Oreja, and Villarejo de Salvanés, Comunidad de Madrid!

So this is a fun update as these are nice memorable towns in my road warrior ways in my beloved Spain. I am updating them with revised text and not repeated pictures. I have posted individually on the monuments.

I like to take you to the quant towns of Chinchon, Colmenar de Oreja, and Villarejo de Salvanés! All in the Comunidad de Madrid region.

And so we took off on a little tour of my beloved Spain, we took a day and made it long sort of. We move on by car on the road M305 to Chinchon , another wonderful old town. We followed up with Colmenar de Oreja and then Villarejo de Salvanés before getting back on the A3 /A40 back to home base.

Chinchon is a nice town famous for its wonderful anisette base liquor and its great Plaza Mayor square.  Here at the plaza mayor the first houses were built in the 15C and the square is used for many things not least the bullfight arena!

The Church Nuestra Señora de la Asunción was built in 1534 and finished in 1626; and the great belltower without a Church of the old Church of Nuestra Señora de Gracia, built in the 15C as well, now only see a clocktower or Torre del Reloj  over the plaza mayor.


The castle of the Counts built in the 16C or Castillo de los Condes; its last used was a liquor factory, and now it is just there holding fairs and temporary events.  Entering town you see the Convento de las Clarisas built in 1653.

chinchon castle arriving close aug16


We continue our journey on the M311 road , after doing some excellent foot work on the streets of Chinchon to reach our next town on the trailblazing sun of Spain; this town was Colmenar de Oreja.


We quickly gather around the Plaza Mayor that has an overhanging house to get to on one side and opens up on the other side encircling a bulls arena as well. The  Plaza Mayor (Major Square), built on a cliff between 1676 and 1794, and we walk around the Church of Santa María la Mayor.


I wanted to visit one more town before heading back home for the day, we are fast ::)  We continue the journey on the road M311 crossing over our expressway A3 to reach Villarejo de Salvanés.  I have read it has a nice tower and indeed it is. There you will see the wonderful  Torre del Homenaje  a part of the old Castle of Villarejo de Salvanés.  By here , passed the old road of Toledo as well as the Senda Galiana (Roman road that linked Galia (France) and Hispania (Spain) used during the Middle Ages.


The wonderful Church of San Andrés the Apostle sit facing direct to the tower and castle ruins on a nice square or Plaza del Castillo.

A wonderful entry into the real Spain away from the crowds in a peaceful surrounding, at Villarejo we spoked with locals waiting for their bus which connects to the city of Madrid, got to know the bus routes and the Mercadona supermarket , my dear late wife Martine love it!!!

It was time to head back to our mountain retrieve in the Serrania de Cuenca along the A3 and then the A40. Enjoy it as much as we did. Spain is everything under the Sun, a slogan of the tourist office from the movida years of the 80’s and still holding true.

The Comunidad de Madrid tourist office on Chinchon

The Comunidad de Madrid tourist office on Colmenar de Oreja

The Comunidad de Madrid tourist office on Villarejo de Salvanés

You have a dandy trio to visit, you can hit all 3 in one day and eat out if get up early but all worth it. If need to pick one to stay longer would be Chinchon. Enjoy the region around the capital city of Madrid!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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2 Comments to “Chinchon, Colmenar de Oreja, and Villarejo de Salvanés, Comunidad de Madrid!”

  1. Chinchon Plaza Major was used for the opening scenes of “Return of the Magnificent Seven”.

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