We continue discovering the Sierra Norte de Madrid drive
Today we will visit the Valley of Jarama. In this area the Jarama River acts as a natural border to the community of Madrid and the province of Guadalajara, forming the beginning of a Valley characterized by its amplitude and its fertility. This area has great scenic and cultural value; its cut limestone formations, they make it an ideal place to practice climbing. For that reason, We find in it one of the most important climbing schools of the peninsula: the pontoon of la Oliva (Patones).
In the Valley of Jarama, you will see a large number of hydraulic infrastructures, as bridges, channels or old homemade that roam the plains of the river, where stands the Canal de Cabarrus. Also, rainfed crops are home to large populations of steppe birds, as geese, little Bustard or Montagu's Harriers.
In addition, its municipalities ( Torremocha del Jarama, Redueña, Patones, Torrelaguna and The fleece – The Espartal ) they have a great heritage as for instance the towns of Torrelaguna and Patones, or the archaeological site the Dehesa de la Oliva.
We begin our journey!
The start of our journey starts in Redueña, a municipality with a lot of tradition. Among its cultural heritage are: the Church of San Pedro Advíncula, combining a Renaissance style with one Baroque on the Visigoths remains; the Colt Horseshoe, a former work item that was once facilitated the work of the blacksmith; and the Visigoth Gothic cross, located in the old cemetery on a decorated column, dating from the 13th century - 14th for the settlement in the area of the Franciscans. If you want to do a little hiking, "here you will find the"Path for all"", a linear path of a 2 km you travel the Canal part of the Villar dam to Colmenar Viejo that allows access to people with reduced mobility or in wheelchairs and consists of interpretive panels adapted Braille.
Enjoyed this town once, We will go to Torrelaguna, Villa de Madrid, and declared a historic-artistic site in 1973 for its valuable heritage. This municipality has a rich religious and cultural heritage among those who can visit the Church of Santa María Magdalena, where highlights its majestic Gothic architecture Madrid, the old grain store, built in 1514 and converted into the current City Hall, the cross of Cisneros, the Abbey de las Concepcionistas Franciscanas Descalzas, the facade of the Palacio Arteaga, the Hermitage of San Sebastián or the Hospital of the Holy Trinity. The Tourism Office of Torrelaguna, located in the plaza Mayor, It offers the possibility of making affordable tours to bring its visitors the history of the municipality. His public schedule is from Wednesday to Friday of 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, Saturday's 11 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, and Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00.
We continued our March towards Torremocha del Jarama, municipality where stands out the harmony between the new and the old, with abundant traditional houses of masonry and adobe Arabic tiled roofs covered. Apart from the Church of San Pedro Apóstol, dating back to the 16th century, you will discover its elements and traditional forms of farming through the Museum of agriculture, located in the Centro Artesanal torrearte. In his Office of tourism, located in the number 3 Street torrearte, You can find all kinds of information about the locality so that you don't miss a thing. Your schedule is of Tuesday to Friday of 10:00 to 14:00, Thursday's 17:00 to 20:00, and Saturday, Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to 14:00.
Our last stop we do it in Patones, separate municipality in two locations, Patones de Arriba and patones de Abajo, at the same time United by an ecological route through the path of the ravine, where can you delight with breathtaking scenery as we follow the course of the stream to move from one point to another. Note that Patones was classed as good of Cultural interest in the category of historic in 1999 Thanks to its important environmental and ethnographic value. Here you can see several buildings like the Church of San Jose, the laundry and the new source and areas of archaeological interest as the Brook of the caves, the cave of the wasps and the air. From the Tourist Office, located in the plaza of the plain, You can make several guided tours by reservation as the along the geological Museum classroom, thematic walks through the archaeological set of the Dehesa of the olive or the pontoon of the olive dam, Patones de Arriba, etc. Almost all require previous reservation so we recommend that you book by phone (91 843 29 06) or on-site within your schedule to the public which is: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to 18:00 in the office, and from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 at the Town Hall.