San Sebastián de los Reyes is located approximately 20 kilometres to the north of Madrid. It is linked with the neighbouring area of Alcobendas which is home to many local attractions. San Sebastián de los Reyes is on the edge of one of the most popular natural parks in the Madrid area, the Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares.
Visitors interested in exploring the cultural aspect of this area should head for the National Museum of Science and Technology. It offers an educational journey through the wonders of the universe. There are interactive exhibits, and travellers can join in with experimental activities relating to optics, energy and physics. Animal lovers will adore visiting Primate Rescue Centre Rainfer. Educational workshops and guided tours are available where travellers learn more about these magnificent primates. Everyone can enjoy days out in the great outdoors at Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares. This area of outstanding beauty is located 40 minutes by car to the north-west of San Sebastián de los Reyes. Charming towns and villages surround the national park where visitors can break for tapas, a refreshment or even browse a local open air market. Inside the natural park, have fun at La Pedriza. Waterfalls cascade down the rocks and visitors can indulge in a cooling dip in one of the crystal-clear pools. Several indigenous bird species can be seen in the park including the pilgrim hawk and griffin vulture. The surrounding areas of San Sebastián de los Reyes offer traditional Spanish dining options for travellers. Alternatively, take the bus or train into Madrid for tapas, Michelin star restaurants or enjoy the fabulous café culture and designer shops along Gran Via.
Access to San Sebastián de los Reyes by road is excellent. The town lies at the main junctions of the motorway network which links the area to Burgos, Barajas Airport and Zaragoza. There is also a commuter train line which runs directly to Madrid Atocha station and several bus services.
The area of San Sebastián de los Reyes was founded in 1492. The Catholic Monarchs at the time tried to encourage settlement in the outer lying areas of Madrid and allowed development of a town next to the chapel dedicated to San Sebastien. During the Spanish War of Independence, the town became home to French troops. Today, it is a popular residential area due to its easy access into central Madrid and proximity to the natural parks and beauty of the Spanish countryside.