The change of season and the arrival of winter have a particular charm that is best felt amidst the countryside and mountain landscapes. We propose a route by car through the Sierra Norte de Madrid that runs through the four Villas that are spread over the area: Patones, Torrelaguna, Buitrago del Lozoya and Rascafría.
The region of Madrid offers a multitude of nooks and crannies, unique places to explore and delve into our history and our present. The "Villas de Madrid" are a group of 11 monumental cities that, due to their historical tradition and their current quality tourist offer, are must-see destinations.
With this route, you will travel through the Jarama Valley and you will enter Patones, a unique village in the region known for its black slate... and its slopes! Patones de Arriba was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the category of Historic Site, a recognition that works as an attraction for many tourists who visit the town throughout the year.
Then, through the valley you will reach Torrelaguna, birthplace of illustrious characters such as Juan de Mena or Cardinal Cisneros. In addition to its historic center, you can visit its surroundings, where defensive constructions such as the Arco de Burgos stand.
The route then heads north, towards the Lozoya valley, where Buitrago del Lozoya is located, a very important enclave in the northern part of our region, with its great wall, very well preserved.
The route concludes further north, already in the National Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama, in the town of Rascafría. There, the Monastery of Santa María de El Paular is a must-see, as well as a leisurely stroll through its surroundings and enjoy the last autumn colors in our region.
Discover these four Villas at a time!
More information: Route by car through the four Villas of the Sierra Norte de Madrid
Image credits: Villas of the Sierra Norte de Madrid © Region of Madrid