Turismo Madrid

  • Madrid tourist vouchers, the world's largest cultural destination


    Everyone is welcome here. Madrid is an open region where you can freely enjoy its unparalleled tourist and cultural offer, living unique experiences with all five senses. 
  • Mycological Days of Miraflores de la Sierra


    The town of Miraflores de la Sierra in Madrid is organizing for this autumn the Mycological Days that, until December 11, take residents and visitors to the countryside to observe, identify and learn from the world of mushrooms, do not miss it!
  • The Royal Gag Orchestra


    The Gran Teatro CaixaBank Príncipe Pío in Madrid will host from December 5 to 8 the humorous show "The Royal Gag Orchestra", a play of gestural theater, music and humor for the whole family.
  • Juvenalia 2021


    The IFEMA MADRID venue will once again host the great children leisure fair, Juvenalia. An essential annual event where family entertainment is the protagonist. From December 3 until December 8, don't miss it!
  • Books out to the Street 2021


    Literature returns this autumn to decorate Madrid's public transport. The initiative “Books out to the street” is celebrating more than 20 years of brightening up our time on public transport with fragments and illustrations of the best literary passages, read on!
  • World Press Photo 2021 Exhibition


    The prestigious annual photojournalism contest World Press Photo is once again putting together its most outstanding works in a new photographic exhibition. Until December 8, enjoy the winning photographs of this contest at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, the COAM.
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Rascafría stands out since its foundation for the impressive Monastery of Santa María del Paular, which seems to stand in the middle of the landscape as if it should be there, perfectly integrated and blended with the surrounding nature.

Founded in 1390, it was ruled for more than 450 years by the order of La Cartuja. However, from 1954 to the present, it has been a Benedictine abbey. Henry II of Castile ordered its construction, in a location chosen by himself. A local legend says that the monarch decided that it belonged to the Carthusian order because, during the previous war years, his army had burned a monastery of the same order in France.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the famous painter Vicente Carducho was commissioned to paint a series of pictures about the life of the founder of the order, Saint Bruno of Cologne, for the 54 hollows of the interior walls of the monastery. However, after the disentailment of the 19th century, the paintings were distributed to museums and other institutions. However, thanks to the initiative of the people of the village among other promoters, in 2006 the works were restored to the walls of the monastery. In addition, we remind you that today the monks still occupy a part of the monastery, which is to the left of the church.

From the Bridge of Forgiveness, the view of the monastery is wonderful!  Its name is due to the fact that given the relative isolation of the Lozoya valley, the local authorities used to hold their trials next to the bridge.


Image credits: Monasterio de Santa María del Paular © Region of Madrid