Chinchón Travel Guide

  • Chinchón
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Chinchón
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Chinchón
    by jorgejuansanchez

Chinchón Things to Do

  • LA "REAL PLAZA DE TOROS DE CHINCHÓN"

    Many large or small towns in Spain have a Plaza de Torros or arena for bullfights but Chinchon has one in the very old way that means the Plaza Mayor itself.It is called the "Royal Bullring of Chinchon".The bullfighting tradition in Chinchon goes back for several centuries.The season starts in July to end in October. During that period the sand,...

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  • Castle of the Counts of Chinchon

    The first 15th century castle belonged to the Cabrera family. Totally different from the present one it was damaged during a popular uprising in 1521.Later the remains were demolished and a new castle was build at the end of the 16th c. by Count Diego de Cabrera on the same site using materials taken from the old castle.In 1705 it suffered from the...

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  • Church of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion

    The church of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion overlooking the Plaza Mayor was build around 1600 but sacked and burned by Napoleonic troops in 1808. During the War of Independence, four French soldiers were killed in Chinchon. As retaliation the French troops sacked and set fire to the town and killed nearly one hundred inhabitants.The painter Goya,...

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  • Surprising "Plaza Mayor"

    Chinchon is known for her surprising "Plaza Mayor" of irregular shape surrounded with houses three stores high on arches with wooden balconies. The first houses were built in 15th century.The Plaza Mayor shaped as a basin is dominated by the church of Our Lady of the Assumption situated on a height in border of the place.Felipe V was proclaimed...

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  • Castillo de los Condes

    El Castillo de los Condes (the Counts' Castle) was built at the end of the 17th century and destroyed after an attack of los Comuneros in 1.520. The castle of nowadays was built over the remains of the former one.

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  • Ermita de San Roque

    The Ermita de San Roque (the Hermitage of Saint Roque) was built during the first part of the 16th century. Baroque style, it's dedicated to San Roque, patron saint of Chinchón.

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  • Convento de los Agustinos

    El Convento de los Agustinos (the Convent of Saint Agustine), was founded by the Condes de Chinchón (Counts of Chinchón) in the 17th century.Nowadays, it's a Parador (luxury hotel).

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  • Torre del Reloj

    Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower)."Joined at one time to the old Church of Our Lady of Grace in the 15th century, Chinchón’s tower was restored a long time after the French troops pillaged and sacked the town, destroying it. During this restoration, the church was totally ignored and over time it was eventually buried. From this comes the saying :...

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  • Teatro Lope de Vega

    This theatre was built in 1.891 over the remains of the Palace of the Counts and it was the palace where Lope de Vega wrote "El Blasón de los Chaves de Villalba" (The coat of arms of Chaves of Villalba)", so, it was decided to name this palace after this famous spanish writer.

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  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

    The construction of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora. de la Asunción (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) bega in 1.534 in gothic style, but works finished in 1.626.

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  • Plaza Mayor

    The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is a medieval square, and was built in the 15th century, being finally completed in the 17th century.Many activities have been (and are) held in the square:Royal festivals, proclamations, traveling theater groups, games, bullfights, executions, eucharistic plays, religious, political and military acts, cinema sets and...

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  • Plaza Mayor

    Plaza Mayor is located in the "center" of the town. It's one of the most interesting places, architecture wise, I've seen. So simple, yet with so much character.The square is circular and with buildings with balconies. This is the place to see bull fighting, and the weekend before we were there they had some events related to this. The day we...

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  • Tourist information office

    The tourist information office will help you out with questions about the sites, where to eat, etc. The building itself is pretty and has nice paintings on the walls, featuring typical things from Chinchón.

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  • Plaza Mayor

    A classical Mediaeval square of popular architecture, an irregular shaped (roughly circular) plaza, surrounded by a simple, clear, ordered and hierarchical structure formed by a series of three-storey buildings, with flat galleries and 234 wooden balconies, called "claros", supported by upright feet with shoes.It’s a really beautiful spot:...

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  • Encierros de Chinchon - Bulls in the...

    Upon arrival in Chinchon we were surprised to see along the avenue Generalisimo, where stands the Parador, strong wooden barriers leading to the Plaza Mayor.There is a tradition in Chinchon, similar to the one of Pamplona (ref. my tip), to have bulls running in the street towards the Plaza. This is called "encierro".The bulls "torros" are followed...

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  • Etonnante Chinchon

    Chinchon est connue pour son étonnante "Plaza Mayor" de forme irrégulière entourée de maisons sur arcades de trois étages aux balcons de bois. Les premières maisons furent construites au XV° siècle.La cuvette de la Plaza Mayor est dominée par l'église de Notre Dame de l’Assomption située sur une hauteur en bordure de la place.Philipe V fut proclamé...

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  • Look up

    Pay atention to the houses that surround the main circus: they have beautiful ancient balconies made of wood. There you can find bird cages, plant pots, ancient lanterns...Presta atención a las casas que rodean la plaza principal: tienen hermosos balcones antiguos de madera tallada.En ellos podrás encontrar jaulas, macetas, faroles...

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  • Casa de la cadena

    In the house with this sign the King Felipe V did sleep the night 25 Februar 1706, when he was passing Chinchón.The house has been preserved since.Picture of house, see t-log.

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  • Where Francisco Goya did live when he...

    In the house with this sign (between the church and the main square) did the famous artist Francisco Goya live when he visited his brother Camilo, Capellan de los Condes de Chinchón.(Picture of house, see t-log)

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  • Iglesia de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora

    The church - La parroquial Iglesia de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora is being renovated for the moment, as a patrimonial historical memory of importance.(note: The religious day of the Assumption of María is the oldest of the María days in the catholic church and is celebrated 15th of August, I guess that day has some special importance here in...

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  • The clock tower

    As you can learn from a sign on the clock tower, this tower was built for an old church - Nuestra Señora de Grazia built in 15th century. The church was burned down by the French troups in 1808 and only the tower was left. It was restaurated in 1856 and got a new clock in 1858.From all this events a saying was created:"Chinchón has a tower without...

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Chinchón Hotels

Chinchón Restaurants

  • this is where we had lunch

    We chose this restaurant to have lunch and toast to Claus' 40th birthday.The special thing about this restaurant is that it has its own wine cellar under the premises. The wine is aged in big clay "tinajas", something that is typical of Chinchón and they have 3 tables where people can have dinner at. I don't know if you can visit the cellar without...

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  • Excellent meat

    Several houses with balconies of the Plaza Mayor are restaurants. The best places to sit in these restaurants are of course the balconies from where one can view the square and surroundings.Our favoured one was the restaurant Cafe de la Iberia. They serve excellent meat which you can cook at your choice on a hot plate.Price of food and wine were...

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  • At Plaza Mayor

    Several restaurants are situated at Plaza Mayor, so you can have lunch sitting in the middle of the circus, under the sun, if you like to do so. Spaniard food is just excellent, so just choose and enjoy your meal!A typical drink in Chinchón is dry aniseed with ice.Varios restaurantes están situados en la Plaza Mayor, por lo que se puede almorzar...

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Chinchón Transportation

  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Some road distances to Chinchón from:- Madrid: 45 kms.- Paris (France): 1.302 kms.- Rome (Italy): 1.998 kms.- Berlin (Germany): 2.354 kms.From Madrid, you can take either:- Road A-3, then M-311-313 on the right or- Road A-4, then, M-404Checking the website, you can find more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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  • By Bus

    The best way to go to Chinchón from Madrid, is by Bus.Take bus number 337 from the bus stop on Avenida del Mediterráneo, 49; metro: Conde de Casal (line: 6). The bus company is called La Veloz.

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  • How to go

    Chinch?n is situated about 45 Km South-East Madrid; if you drive your car, you have to take highway N III until Arganda, and then, road 311. If you go by bus, you can take the bus number 337 (the firm is "La Veloz") at Avenidad del Mediterr?neo, 49 (metro Conde de Casal).Chinch?n est? situado alrededor de 45 Km al sureste de Madrid; si van en su...

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Chinchón Shopping

  • Two specialities

    Dans les boutiques l'on trouve deux produits spécifiques de Chinchon:Le pastis de Chinchon qui est une aguardiente à base d'anis de qualité matalhuga.Cette fabrication est très ancienne dans la ville et déjà attestée par des documents de 1700 mentionnant une fabrique royale d'anis.La qualité du produit est attestée par une Dénomination Géographique...

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  • Artistic bread

    Walking around in the village you will pass along some special shops. In this bakery they make some figurative and artistic bread as well as the normal ones.Take a look and buy something to try!

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  • Don´t forget the typical Chinchón Anis...

    In Chinchón they make a Anis liquor that is something special.I recommend the sweet one:- Anis Dulce de Chinchón 7.18 euro for one bottle

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Chinchón Local Customs

  • Bullfights

    The Plaza Mayor is also used for bullfights during the feasts of the Patron Saint San Roque and on other occasions.

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  • Buy some local specialities!

    In this shop they sell some typical bread that is called:- Nun breasts with taste of Chinchón (novicia=girl preparing to be a nun)- Balls of monk

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  • Garlic for luck

    The garlic salesman will give you a garlic or a branch of thyme, for good luck.El vendedor de ajo te regalará un ajo o una ramita de tomillo, para la buena suerte.

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Chinchón Favorites

  • The Weather in Chinchón

    Check the Weather before the visit.

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  • General Info

    Tourism OfficePlaza Mayor, 6 (antiguos lavaderos/old lavatories)- Tel.: (+34) 91 893 53 23- Fax: (+34) 91 894 08 87- Internet:www.ciudad-chinchon.com (different...

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  • Celebrities in Chinchon

    Although small, (4.700 inhabitants nowadays) Chinchon has seen a number of celebrities. Around 1500 the Queen Isabelle and King Ferdinand (Los Reyes Catholicos) visited the town five times. They were followed by their daughter Jeanne and her husband Philippe le Beau (parents of the emperor Charles V). Around 1600 the famous Spanish author Lope de...

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