Soto del Real, formerly known as Villa Chozas de la Sierra, is a municipality located on the southern side of Sierra de Guadarrama, more specifically in the area known as Cuerda Larga.
Just over 40 kilometres from the capital, Soto del Real is the perfect destination for local tourism in the northern part of the Region of Madrid. Soto del Real also stands out for its history and monuments, which take us back to the Middle Ages, when it was founded by Segovian shepherds who found in these lands an ideal place to settle with their flocks.
To begin our tour in Soto del Real, we will start visiting the Plaza de la Villa, where the Town Hall and a large fountain are located. From this point we will begin to stroll through the streets of this village in Sierra de Guadarrama to continue to the Chozas stream, from where it’s possible to see the Romanesque bridge and the front of the Inmaculada Concepción church.
After getting to know the oldest part of the municipality, we will walk among the hundred-year-old ash trees in the village park until we reach the cattle track ‘Cañada Real Segoviana’ and the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, patron saint of Soto del Real. From this point we will have an incredible view of Sierra de Guadarrama and San Pedro’s mountain.
To finish our journey through Soto del Real, we will have to return to the starting point, Plaza de la Villa, square where we can enjoy the gastronomy of the area thanks to its wide range of restaurants.
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Image credits: ©Ayuntamiento de Soto del Real