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The best way to spend a day in this 15th-century town is by finding the most comfortable seat in the square and settling down to watch local life pass by. The onion seller pulls his worn trolley through the square as the locals approach him to chat about their days. The artisanal bread maker sells loafs shaped like hearts and shields. Little boys kick a soccer ball around a dirt-packed field, dodging the donkey cart that hauls children around the heart of Chinchón. The small town is perfect for an afternoon of light reading and people watching. And with the low-cost bus ride, it is well worth the trip. 

The 337 bus, run by an independent company called La Veloz, leaves from the Conde de Casal stop in Madrid (914-097-602; Avenida del Mediterráneo 49) and reaches Chinchón in approximately 30 minutes.

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