If you hear "Madrid", the words tranquility or calm are probably not the first words that come to your mind. However, if you are looking to disconnect, the Community of Madrid is home to some places where you will hardly find any hustle and bustle. Do you dare to discover them?
If you visit the Sierra Norte de Madrid you will find these 23 villages with the fewest inhabitants in the whole region. In none of them live more than 320 people. In fact, the village with the smallest population is Madarcos, with only 47 inhabitants, which like most of the places in the Sierra Norte was founded in the Middle Ages as a settlement of shepherds.
It is followed by La Hiruela and Robregordo, both with 48 inhabitants, Puebla de la Sierra with 60, La Acebeda with 65, La Serna del Monte with 74, Somosierra with 80, Robledillo de la Jara with 87, Horcajuelo de la Sierra with 89 people and El Atazar with 93. Together, the 42 municipalities that make up the region have a total of 29,454 inhabitants.
It is precisely this low population that has preserved its architecture and extensive heritage, keeping its customs, popular festivities and traditions alive, and what has turned this region of Madrid into the most rural and natural area of Madrid, which is only an hour away from the city and allows you to enjoy wonderful landscapes, rest and disconnect in the midst of nature.
For this reason, these villages are not only ideal tourist destinations for rural tourism and ecotourism, they are also ideal destinations for hiking and cycling tourism, active tourism, multi-adventure and the practice of sports and outdoor activities.
Among the most beautiful and charming villages in the region are those located in the Sierra del Rincón, a Biosphere Reserve: Montejo de la Sierra, La Hiruela, Horcajuelo de la Sierra, Prádena del Rincón and Puebla de la Sierra. Also worth mentioning is the rich heritage of the four Villas of Madrid located in the Sierra Norte: Torrelaguna, Buitrago del Lozoya, Patones and Rascafría.
Dare to discover one of the many secrets they hide and the treasures they keep, and enjoy an unforgettable journey through the mountains and its villages that you will not regret!
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