The last route by car via the Sierra Norte de Madrid
Finally, but no less important, We will take the car in the direction to the Sierra del Rincón, located in the north-eastern part of the community. Limited to the North with Somosierra, on the East by the foothills of the massif of Ayllon and Guadalajara, to the South with the municipalities close to the reservoirs of the sierra and the West with the A-1, its great natural diversity provides us numerous plant and animal species, mountains and great views.
In the year 2005 It was declared a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO thanks to its authenticity and its sustainability with the environment. During our trip we will visit some examples of its attractions as the pastures of oak from their villages (which include La Hiruela and Puebla de la Sierra) and the rural architecture of its municipalities.
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We went by car to our first stop, It will be Pradena del Rincon o, rather, its surroundings. Here we will give a stroll by the Salmoral lagoon, a natural habitat that develops an important environmental work, landscape and agricultural, where can we find a great diversity of flora and fauna, the wetland.
We will move to the Centre of the town to visit the Church of Santo Domingo de Silos, Romanesque and mudejar style, recently restored to maintain its original character. It is one of the few churches in the community in which the Bell Tower rests on the altar. Its necropolis was found and converted into a Museum in 2011. Nearby can be found the remains of a kiln and various molds that were part of a repairer's campaigns were found two years later. In addition, If you're a curious plants, Here you can find some workshops as that gives the company Wild corner, where will display it its medicinal uses and elaborations of natural cosmetics.
The following high on the road, we will make it in the municipality of Horcajuelo de la Sierra, located at the top of a Hill between two streams. Nature and culture come together here allowing us to enjoy the charms of the town and its surroundings. Walk through streets where you can see the beauty of her dark stone buildings within the municipality, masonry slate and red tile of Arabic style. We will continue by visiting the ethnographic museum, where we will learn about the ancient lifestyles of the area, their customs, economy and traditions, and the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari, together with the Church of San Pedro el Viejo, in the capital, they are the only ones that are preserved from the period of medieval Madrid. This church is considered one of the richest in art and original documents, is one of the few who did not suffer any harm during the Civil War.
We continue our journey up to La Hiruela, a village of tale situated on a well irrigated land thanks to the rivers and streams that cross (the Jarama and the Umbria Brook). In it we will visit the Church of San Miguel Arcangel, Baroque style, its Ethnographic Museum and the flour mill. This last, renovated in the year 2001, It is the only mill in the community of Madrid, milling grain to the old-fashioned, and we can find it walking in the path of the trades of life, a circular route from 3 km in which also find other traditional workplaces such as apiaries and the carbonera. Its tourist office is located in the calle Herreria, 2 and his schedule of attention to the visitor is: Friday's 09:00 to 15:00h, Saturday's 10:00 to 14:00h and 16:00 to 18:00h and Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 14:00h.
Hidden in the Valley of the river which shares name we find our last stop, Puebla de la Sierra. The way there may seem long, but it is worth to explore its streets of slate and traditional style, with black architecture houses. We walk through the Valley of dreams, a sculptural Museum surrounded by vast vegetation outdoor, delighting us with their art while we toured the nature.
If you still want to take a walk and forces, you will find several hiking trails It shows the beauty of the mountains in all the towns that you pass.
He could not forget to mention, in the Sierra del Rincón is located the famous Hayedo de Montejo, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2017 and can be visited by prior reservation. We recommend a guided tour of an environmental educator that you explain and help you understand the territory. You can find more information in the Biosphere reserve information center.