The Sierra Norte de Madrid is a very extensive territory, impossible to go in one day.

    If you like to spend a weekend in the Sierra Norte de Madrid, We propose a series of routes by car, you run through the different areas in which divides our territory so that you visit the essential, know it thoroughly and, You repitáis visit without repeating place.

    Are you ready? Today we are going to the high Valley of the Lozoya.


    If ever you come by the Sierra Norte de Madrid, Surely you've crossed with the Lozoya River. It is our main source of water and leaves us spectacular scenery on its way. This river divides along its course in three areas:

    The first is the high Valley of the Lozoya ranging from his birth, collecting the waters of the major peaks of the sierra de Guadarrama as the Peñalara, until the reservoir of Riosequillo before reaching the village of Buitrago del Lozoya.

    In this section the most common image of Valley is formed, the course between two mountain ranges, in this case they are the Carpetanos mountains and the long rope.

    Along the 8 municipalities that comprise it will be able to visit some of the most interesting natural and cultural landscapes of the community of Madrid, as the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, where are the circus and Lakes of Peñalara, or the town of Rascafría with the monastery of Santa Maria de El Paular, a monument with more of 600 years of history.

    Take the car and dive into the high Valley of the Lozoya

    Route by car from this area, It is a cultural route that runs through the assets of Cultural interest that exist along the route. You'll take the first car stop at the Hermitage of Santiago in gargantilla del Lozoya, that was declared as a historic site under the figure of protection of cultural interest in the year 2018.

    The meeting took place in this Chapel in 1470 between Enrique IV of Castile who accompanied his daughter Juana and the French Embassy to officiate the marriage settlements (the marriage agreement) between the count of Boulogne, representing the Duke of Guyenne, brother of the King of France, with the Princess Joanna, so I had 8 years. In that same Act, the Castilian nobles swore to the Princess Joanna as legitimate heir to the throne, what gave rise to the Civil war between the supporters of Juana and her aunt Elizabeth, which we know today as Isabel La Católica.

    Just 20 minute drive away is the beautiful village of Lozoya, our second stop of the route. A small village at the foot of the reservoir pinilla, where is located the Church of el Salvador. It is a monument of the 16th century, maximum exponent of the Gothic and plateresque in all this saw which has undergone several renovations since the s. 18TH, which at this time could result in a fire or earthquake.

    We continue by car, bordering the reservoir Pinilla and arrive at the village which shares name, Pinilla del Valle, third stop on the trail. Here is the cave in the barren, an area known as 'Valley of the Neanderthals'. It's seven sites in which continued research from the Regional archaeological museum to study the remains of animals and plants that have lived in the Valley since makes 100.000 years and that also show us how lived humans who chose the caves and shelters as dwelling, and activities carried out. You can consult all the information for the booking of visits to the site in the following link.

    Our last stop will be the town of Rascafría It houses two goods of Cultural interest, the Church of san Andrés, built in s. XV and the monastery of Santa Maria de El Paular. This Benedictine monastery of s. XIV, raised by the master Juan Guas, Architect of the Catholic Kings, It is one of the most important buildings of the Sierra Norte de Madrid and who lives in a special way with nature, by its privileged location at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

    If you are looking for is to know our culture, don't leave without trying the traditional mountain cuisine offered our restaurants.

    And if you want to extend your experience, stay in the Sierra Norte de Madrid. Here you can unwind and enjoy the delightful accommodation in the destination.



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