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Hiking trails Peñalara


The mountains surrounding the city offer a variety of dream places where you can relax and let the hours pass alone or with company. Therefore, today we propose a couple of hiking routes through the massif of Peñalara, one of the most emblematic and spectacular of Madrid.

The Laguna Grande de Peñalara, is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the Sierra Norte de Madrid.  This natural enclave of the National Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama, is a lagoon of glacial origin seated under the massif of Peñalara. It stands out for its size and is one of the favorite places for visitors to the National Park. 

The average time to complete the route is one hour. A simple route for everyone, comfortable and fun, a perfect getaway for the summer, to spend a day in nature, offering views of the Cuerda Larga, from the viewpoint of La Gitana. 

Its access is the parking lot of the port of Cotos and from there, begins an adventure in which, along a majestic forest, you will also find other locations such as the Fuente Cubeiro or the sundial of the viewpoint of La Gitana. 

A few meters ahead we will finally find the Laguna Grande, a dazzling landscape fruit of the glaciers that for years sculpted the slopes of the Peñalara massif. 

Another route for the more daring is the Laguna de los Pájaros de Peñalara. From the Puerto de Cotos parking lot, this itinerary through the Peñalara massif covers a distance of 5.4 kilometers with a duration of two hours through enclaves such as the Peñalara stream, twisted paths of wild pines and different lakes.

Before reaching the famous lagoon, walkers will be surprised by the Laguna de los Claveles, a set of five lagoons resulting from glacial action. After arriving, the views of the Lozoya valley will complement the stunning scenery that will remain in the retina of the walkers for a long time. 

Madrid, bustling and active, hides secrets in its surroundings within everyone's reach. The only requirement is comfortable sneakers and the illusion to surprise you. 

More information: Laguna de los Pájaros de Peñalara Laguna Grande de Peñalara.

Image credits:  Laguna Grande de Peñalara © José Luis Vega. Shutterstock