Footprints of the Middle Ages
Point of departure:
Cycling version of the Medieval Footprints drive. The route avoids the stretches of highway, as well as roads with traffic replacing them with regional roads with little traffic and cycle roads.
We start our route in the Villa de Torrelaguna, a beautiful town that hides among its houses the remains of a medieval fortification. Among the elements of this fortification is the arch of Burgos. You can't miss The Church of St.. Mary Magdalene or the stately homes and palaces scattered through the Villa.
After the visit, it's time to pedal, we take the M-131 road towards El Berrueco, we ascend during 8,5 km until we come across a junction. At this junction we deviate towards El Atazar, only for a kilometer until you reach the Watchtower of Torrepedrera, we'll see to our right very close to the road. La Atalaya, which was part of a series of watchtowers located along the Middle Brand (Arab-Christian border) leaves us stunning views of the Reservoir of El Atazar with the backdrop of the Sierra del Rincón.
We return to the junction and continue towards El Berrueco. This town deserves a walk through its streets where you can visit the granite carved elements of the stone museum, don't miss the views of the reservoir from Church Square.
We take the M-131 road again, direction Sieteiglesias. This small town holds one of the most important medieval treasures of the Sierra Norte, a necropolis dug into the rock where you can observe more than 80 anthropomorphic tombs of the High Middle Ages. After the visit, we continue along the same road to Lozoyuela, where the church of San Nicolás de Bari is listed as BIC, it's not medieval, but we can't stop visiting her. Very close to the Church is the beginning of the M-913 road, a regional road, with hardly any traffic and that after passing the town of Navas de Buitrago, leads us to Mangirón among a nice mass of holm oaks. Once in Mangirón, we head towards Buitrago by the gariñas M-126 road.
Buitrago is a must stop on our way to the Middle Ages. The best preserved medieval wall in the Community of Madrid, the Castle and the Villa have housed such illustrious characters as Joan “La Beltraneja” or the Marques de Santillana. Don't miss the Picasso Museum. Buitrago is a good place to stay overnight and dine in any of its restaurants.
We left Buitrago by the pine forest of the Gariñas, where a nice road that crosses it leads us to the M-135 road. We joined it in a northerly direction (Left), descending to the Old Bridges Dam, it's worth stopping to admire the scenery from the dam. We continue until the next junction, and we're still on our way to Prádena del Rincón. In the year 2013, during restoration work at the Church of Sto. Silos Sunday (12th century) found in the North Atrium a medieval necropolis, remains of wall paintings and a bell repair shop, plus other unexpected treasures. Prádena is one of the villages of the Sierra del Rincón Biosphere Reserve and has a natural environment that is also worth a visit.
We can do the return for Mangirón, once here, take the M-126 and then the M-127 to El Berrueco and continue towards Torrelaguna undoing the path of the way.