Getafe is a bustling city located 13 kilometres south of Madrid’s metropolitan centre. Although known as an industrial city, it is also home to the University of Carlos III Madrid, the oldest air military base in Spain and Cerro de los Ángeles, the geographical centre point of the Iberian Peninsula.
Visitors to Getafe should begin their exploration with a visit to the beautiful "Hill of the Angels" or Cerro de los Ángeles. The hilltop is home to Our Lady of the Angels, a picturesque 14th-century monastery with a variety of sculptures and monuments. The site has witnessed several Spanish civil war battles and bullet holes from these encounters can still be seen on the monuments and walls of the monastery. The churches, sculptures, flora and fauna caters to all travellers. It’s a wonderful location for keen photographers as visitors can gain commanding vistas of Madrid and the surrounding countryside. Back in the city, the Gothic-Renaissance designed Cathedral of Santa Maria Magdalena awaits. The Cathedrals rich artistic and architectural heritage attracts visitors from around the world. The ornate frescoes and central golden altarpiece dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene are particularly impressive. Continue the day with a stroll around Parque de la Alhóndiga. The park has walking, jogging and cycling routes and is home to waterfalls and grassy areas suitable for picnics or a spot of sunbathing. Shoppers will adore Getafe Style Outlet just south of the city, with discounted brand goods and a variety of cafes and restaurants to choose from, it’s a fabulous place to invest in a bargain or two.
Getafe can be reached from Madrid Atocha Railway Station, as trains are frequent and the journey takes around 20 minutes. There are five stations within the Getafe region, two of which connect to the Metro network. There are also several bus lines connecting Getafe to and from central Madrid. The city of Getafe is easy to walk around with Santa Maria Magdalena Cathedral and Parque de la Alhóndiga within 15 to 20 minutes’ walk from the centre.
Getafe has a rich history dating to lower Palaeolithic times. Ancient artefacts, stone tools and pots have been excavated from the areas around the banks of the Manzanares River. The city has been dominated by the Romans and the Moors throughout the centuries. Today, Getafe is a popular residential and industrial city located close to central Madrid, with historic architecture, shopping malls and lovely parks to discover.