• Hayedo de Montejo, Natural Heritage of humanity

    In our last blog post we encourage you to discover the secrets of madrid's Sierra Norte in the autumn, one of the most magical seasons for this territory.

    The big star in this season is, No doubt, Hayedo de Montejo.

    This forest of 222 hectares has been a National Interest Site since 1974 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2017 as an extension of the Primary areas of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe, along with others in several countries of our continent, like Slovakia, Germany or Ukraine. The importance of this type of forest for the conservation of temperate ecosystems and their ecological importance, have made their protection necessary for future generations.

    In addition, we must bear in mind that this is the core area of the Reserva de La Biosfera de la Sierra del Rincón, junto con la Dehesa Boyal de Puebla de la Sierra. Esta fue declarada en 2005, por su riqueza paisajística, donde se representan los ecosistemas mediterráneos y la conservación de la biodiversidad que caracteriza a esta zona escondida en plena Comunidad de Madrid.

    Un paraje insólito dentro de la Comunidad de Madrid

    El Hayedo de Montejo está ubicado en el municipio de Montejo de la Sierra, en el conocido como bosque de El Chaparral, donde los habitantes de este municipio han afirmado durante siglos, It is inhabited by elves and fairies who loved the walkers with their songs to convert them in the forest animals and thus enrich the charm of the forest. Traditionally it has been a space dedicated to the collection of firewood and charcoal.

    It's an unusual landscape within the community of Madrid, its importance is of one of the more southern European beech forests and hence. Like their European peers, necesita de una gran humedad que en esta zona se da gracias al microclima que se genera al abrigo de la Sierra del Rincón. El hayedo se sitúa en una ladera en umbría, más fría y húmeda y cuya orientación también facilita que las masas de aire húmedo choquen contra esta sierra y permanezcan en esta zona, generando una riqueza natural del suelo que ayuda al crecimiento de diversas especies.

    El Hayedo es hogar no solo del haya, este se mezcla con robles y rebollos, y otras especies vegetales templadas como el melojo, el endrino, la madreselva y, above all, el acebo, que suelen crecer en zonas más al norte dentro de la Península Ibérica.

    La visita al Hayedo de Montejo está controlada, para favorecer su conservación con un número limitado de visitas diarias, for this reason, únicamente puede visitarse a través de sendas guiadas que son gratuitas. The 50% de los pases diarios se reparten diaria y presencialmente en el centro de información, And the other 50% can be pre-booked: www.sierradelrincon.org/reservas

    Guided by the team of environmental educators of the CEA Hayedo de Montejo, we will know the secrets that this unique forest encloses, nucleus of the reserve of the biosphere Sierra del Rincón (RBSR).

    Before conducting the visit to the Montejo Hayedo, you have to keep in mind that,

    To contribute to the conservation of the Hayedo de Montejo, inside is NOT allowed:

    • Abandon established itineraries for the visit.
    • Collecting plants, Fungi, animals or rocks.
    • Smoking or inconvenience to members of visitor groups.
    • Introducing animals, plants or fungi.
    • Throwing rubbish or any waste.
    • Introduce food or drinks.
    • Disturbing or harming wildlife, including excessive noise.
    • Altering the natural state of soil or water.
    • Hunting or fishing.
    • Lighting bonfires.
    • Camping or vivac.
    • Tripod photography or recording images or sounds of other members of the group or members of the educational team without proper permission.

    If after visiting the Hayedo of Montejo, you want to keep discovering our destiny, do not hesitate to taste our gastronomy and find where to eat in the Sierra Norte de Madrid, the best Jews, grilled meats or sweets made with local produce such as Pero de La Hiruela.

    And if you want to make your visit, several days of disconnecting the noise from the big city and connecting with nature, Find out about where to sleep in the Sierra Norte de Madrid and enjoy wonderful afternoons of fireplace and blanket.


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