• 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 La Biosfera Reserva de la Sierra del Rincón, together with the Dehesa Boyal de Puebla de la Sierra. It was declared in 2005, for its landscape richness, where the Mediterranean ecosystems and the conservation of the biodiversity that characterizes this hidden area are represented in the middle of the Community of Madrid.

    An unusual place within the Community of Madrid

    El Hayedo de Montejo is located in the municipality of Montejo de la Sierra, in the so-known forest of El Chaparral, where the inhabitants of this municipality have claimed for centuries, 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, needs a high humidity that in this area is given thanks to the microclimate that is generated under the shelter of the Sierra del Rincón. The hayhed is located on a umbrian hillside, cooler and wetter and whose orientation also makes it easier for the masses of moist air to crash into this saw and remain in this area, generating a natural soil richness that helps the growth of various species.

    The Beech is home not only to the beech, this is mixed with oaks and rebollos, and other temperate plant species such as meleye, endrino, honeysuckle and, above all, holly, which tend to grow in areas further north within the Iberian Peninsula.

    The visit to the Hayedo de Montejo is controlled, to encourage its conservation with a limited number of daily visits, for this reason, can only be visited through guided paths that are free. The 50% daily passes are handed out daily and in person at the information center, 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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