Sierra del Rincón
Montejo de la Sierra
Montejo de la Sierra is encompassed within the area known as Sierra del Rincón, currently listed by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Like the rest of the municipalities integrated into the Reserve, Montejo is known for its natural and cultural values, and for gathering a significant number of tourist resources.
Within its term is the Hayedo of Montejo de la Sierra, protected area of the Community of Madrid in relation to the presence of long-lived beech and oak trees that found in this space ideal conditions for the existence of this forest that represents the southernmost of the peninsula.
There is a story that tells that in what is today Hayedo de Montejo, inhabited several goblins and fairies that attracted visitors to turn them into animals and thus beautify the forest of El Chaparral (as it was formerly called). In the year 1460 the people bought this forest from a nobleman from Sepulveda. At first there was discussion about deciding who belonged to the territory but they say that Emperor Charles I of Spain and V of Germany defended that the mountain belonged to Montejo.
Montejo, is at the same time an example of traditional mountain culture, that has managed to keep its natural spaces and its architecture in good condition, the result of respectful and balanced human activity.