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Lovers of hiking are in luck, as this week we travel to the town of Rascafría, located in the Lozoya Valley, at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama, offers us various routes to discover the beauty of this town and its surroundings. Let's go!
We encourage you to discover Rascafría, one of the towns in Madrid included in the 'Villas de Madrid' (Towns of Madrid) programme, which includes a number of unique destinations for the recognised value of their cultural heritage.
A getaway well worthwhile to know not only its cultural heritage, but also the beautiful corners that have its surroundings, since due to its privileged location in the Lozoya Valley, surprises us with impressive landscapes that you can explore thanks to the six routes we suggest today.
We start with the 'Artiñuelo River- Las Arroturas', a pleasant walk through a little-known place that boasts of being one of the quietest places in the Sierra de Guadarrama with interesting points of interest such as the Molino del Cubo, the river itself or Las Arroturas, from where you will have spectacular views of the town.
The second walk we suggest is from 'Rascafría to El Paular'. This is a low difficulty route that connects the town with the Monastery of El Paular, which was once the real economic driver of the area. A journey full of history, told through its bridges and farms.
The own Monastery will be the starting point of our third route that will take us to 'El Purgatorio', one of the most emblematic routes that will culminate in the Cascada del Purgatorio, after having covered part of the historic Camino de Madrid.
We will be able to obtain an impressive view of the Monastery after exploring along the 'The Oak Forest- The Island' route. A pleasant walk through the heart of the El Paular Valley, which will take us into impressive pine groves, which are home to the most unique flora and fauna species of the Sierra de Guadarrama.
Another of our proposals is from 'Rascafría to Oteruelo by the Egido path', a pleasant two-kilometre walk that will allow you to discover orchards and meadows at the bottom of the valley, which make up the area of a unique and typical landscape of the mountain villages.
If you are looking for more, don't miss our sixth recommendation, the 'Blue Path urban route by the Artiñuelo shore'. A comfortable route that runs along the banks of the Artiñuelo River, and that will take you to different points of interest such as the Plaza de España and the Villa, the town hall, the Manola and Pericotón bridges, or the well-known El Pilón fountain, among others.
You can always take advantage of your visit, to delight your palate with its gastronomy in any of the local restaurants.
We are waiting for you!
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