MIDDLE VALLEY OF LOZOYA
The Middle Valley of Lozoya is located in the extreme north of the Community of Madrid, where the Puerto de Somosierra is located. Join us and walk through the charming villages of this area of the Sierra Norte.
We start at the Puerto de Somosierra itself, from where a small trail that allows us to observe the highest waterfall in the Community: the Chorrero de los Litueros. We can also see a plaque in the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad that commemorates the Battle of Somosierra, where the Napoleonic army made its way to Madrid.
If we follow the road of the N-I, we arrive to an area with an impressive natural environment. In it we discover Robregordo and La Acebeda where we can find the main forest of holly trees in the Community of Madrid.
If we continue descending, the road leads us to Horcajo de la Sierra and its hamlet Aoslos. In Horcajo we travel back in time centuries as we walk through its streets of unique buildings, highlighting the Church of San Pedro in Cátedra. We continue our journey and arrive at Madarcos, the town of Madrid with fewer inhabitants (just over 25) and with a typical mountain atmosphere.
If we turn towards Buitrago de Lozoya we will arrive at Piñuécar. You can not miss "La piedra de las Veces", a curious sundial that is located in the adjacent town of Gandullas. After that, Buitrago de Lozoya is a must stop. It was declared of Cultural Interest, with its impressive Walled Complex surrounded by the Lozoya River, which, together with its Alcazar-Castle, were declared National Monuments.
Three kilometers away is Villavieja del Lozoya, known for the Mudejar arches in the ruins of a house that today are part of an inn. We enter the final stretch of our journey stopping in Gascones, a municipality surrounded by cattle trails and where we can visit the beautiful parish church of Santo Tomás. We continue to La Serna del Monte where you can see the sundial formerly used by farmers to measure their irrigation shifts. It also has a restored forge converted into rural accommodation. Finally we arrive at Braojos, a municipality that, thanks to the elevation of the neighboring towns, allows us to contemplate the depth of the valley.
In the Valle Medio del Lozoya there are trails that allow you to explore the mountains on foot or mountain bike, horseback riding and donkey rides, even learning to paraglide. If you want to take a break and enjoy a good meal, there are numerous restaurants that preserve the mountain tradition. The veal of the Sierra de Guadarrama, which has denomination of origin, stands out. All the villages in the area have a wide range of rural accommodation.
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