Chinchón is a very unique town in 45 km southeast of Madrid, it is one of those cute little villages near Madrid, so if you are having a carefree Saturday… Chinchón is great plan to make your day different!
Chinchón Plaza Mayor is very special, it dates back to the 15th century and is famous for, among other things, be round and its 234 balconies. Many of the balconies have now been incorporated into restaurants.
Though small, Chinchón is also known for its festivals. Two of the biggest are the Chinchón Festival de anis y vino, a celebration of locally distilled anisette and wine, which takes place at the end of March, and the October garlic festival. In October of each year the central plaza is the site of a temporary bullring, with the profits from the bullfighting egoing to charitable causes. And in February the town takes a step back in time during its medieval fair (very recomended as well).
Other places to visit in Chinchón are:
- The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción: it was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. It contains a fine early work by Goya depicting the Assumption of the Virgin. Very cute at dusk when the church overlooking the plaza is illuminated. The views over the village from the church are great, you absolutely must walk from the Plaza Mayor up to the old clock tower. It’s only a short climb, but you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view
- There is also a medieval castle, which, however, is somewhat damaged and also closed to the public.
- There is a beautiful Parador
Chinchón is also known for typical products as:
- Bread – try some of them in one of the multiples bakeries you shall find in the Plaza, try also any of the sweets – Rosquillas
- Anís – an anisette flavored liquor that is also known simply as Chinchón in Spanish, a tribute to this small town that has produced it for centuries. At any time of day, you are likely to see people sitting in the Plaza Mayor and enjoying a small glass of anís– either the sweet, less alcoholic version or the dry and potent one.
- Chinchón is also well known by its olives, wine, almonds and garlic.
Love Chinchón and be back again for its festivals!
When: good plan for weekends. Festivals in October, February and March.
Where: Chichón – by car 45 km from Madrid – Public Transport: The 337 bus from Conde de Casal takes you from Madrid to Chinchón. More information about this bus service here