One more week we suggest a trip for different locations of the Region of Madrid. On this occasion we suggest you discover the second route that took place the past January 7th, within the program 'Welcome to the Region of Madrid', who visited the towns of Las Rozas, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Guadarrama, Navacerrada and Manzanares El Real.
We started our getaway for Las Rozas de Madrid, township that located just 20 kilometres from the capital, it is one of the largest in the region. It is integrated in most of the Regional Park high basin of Manzanares, one of the main areas protected by the Region, and is connected with the city of Madrid through the El Pardo Mountain. In addition to knowing its historical heritage as the late Gothic parish church of San Miguel Archangel, restored after being destroyed during the Civil War, you can enjoy a day of shopping as it is in this town where you will find the best offers in terms of fashion.
Just over 30 kilometres, separated Las Rozas from our next point on the route: San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Consequence of the split with the Madrid town of 'El Escorial', arises this beautiful town whose Monastery and Real Site have been declared the 2nd November 1984, UNESCO World Heritage. Must visit the Royal Monastery, its gardens and of course, to sit on the 'Chair of Felipe II', natural observatory where the monarch contemplated the development of the works of the Monastery. Walk beautiful places such as La Herrería (blacksmithing) and Abantos Pine Forest, whose exceptional nature, caused the declarations of Picturesque Landscape in the case of Pine Forest Abantos and Forest of special ecological interest in the case of La Herrería.
We moved again and go over more than 10 kilometres to reach Guadarrama, municipality of Madrid founded by Alfonso X in the year 1268, which offers a variety of sites of great historical interest, natural surroundings, and unique views. Proof of this is the Fuente de Piedra, which dates from 1785, or the parish church of San Miguel Archangel, where you can admire magnificent panoramic views of the municipality. If you are a lover of hiking, you'll find several routes of different difficulty and length, allowing you to visit the area walking or cycling.
Next stop: Navacerrada. Although this town has great artistic heritage samples as the parish church of Our Lady of the Nativity, the Chapel of San Antonio or the San Antonio, del Nogal, and los Angeles sources, is particularly remarkable for its natural variety with forests oak and Scots pine in terms of vegetation is concerned, a lot of water due its streams, reservoirs and the rivers Navacerrada and Navalmedio as well as its fauna. However if anything this area is known for its connection with winter sports. There is one of the main ski resorts of the Central System and the nearest to the city of Madrid, the famous 'ski resort of Navacerrada', but also you can practice a number of other outdoor activities such as hiking.
We travel the last 20 kilometres to the last point of our route, and arrived at one of the most emblematic places of the region, Manzanares El Real, located at the foot of the Pedriza, in the Regional Park of the High Basin of Manzanares, declared in 1993 Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Well-known thanks to the 'Castle of the Mendoza' spare, the best preserved of the Region of Madrid, also has interesting examples of historical and cultural heritage as the church of Our Lady de las Nieves, the chapel of Our Lady of the Peña Sacra, or the cave paintings of the Aljibes. Its environment invites to know it by walking or on bikes routes, and even make activities such as rock climbing.
This is only a brief glimpse of what Madrid offers. Don't think twice and organize your getaway to discover the places that have been part of the program 'Welcome to Region of Madrid'.