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Madrid off the beaten path – and into the mountain trails

Madrid off the beaten path – and into the mountain trails

Madrid Off the beaten path

Hi student!

Madrid has won you over. Its different, disparate streets, its frenetic life and pace… but wait!

Have you stopped to look at the horizon? Far away you can see mountains. Mountains which hide secrets and many differents routes. Today’s top tip? Forget the city pavement, get to see Madrid off the beaten track,  and enjoy some mountain trails. You won’t regret it.

I wouldn’t bore you with Geography but you ne ed to know a couple of things. Madrid’s province is in the center of ‘Meseta Central‘ and the mountains range called Sistema Central. Exactly for that reason, three mountains belong to Madird’s province: Sierra de Gredos, Sierra de Guadarrama and Somosierra. I invite you to walk around, discover the different routes and think highly of  ‘silent beauty’. Yeah, it exists – and it’s really close to Madrid.

Let me suggest some of the highest routes. However, you should think about what I always say: search, explore, discover and enjoy yourself.

Sierra de Guadarrama

Guadarram Madrid off the beaten path
A little piece of heaven, hidden in Sierra de Guadarrama

Considered as ‘National Park’, it’s a refuge rich in biodiversity because limited human action hasn’t transformed the landscape. Sierra de Guadarrama is the place chosen for alpine sport lovers. Enjoy hiking around its mountains: Peñalara (highest peak), Navafría, Morcuera and Siete Picos.


La Pedriza

Off the beaten track Madrid La Pedriza
The colorful contrasts make La Pedriza such a unique place

located in Manzanares del Real (50km further from city center), the scenery here is incredible thanks to  the colouring and the fanciful shape of its rocks. Perfect place for climbing and hiking. During the summer, you can take a bath in Manzanares River and see the reservoir/swamp.


Sierra Norte

Sierra Norte Off the Beaten path Madrid
Nothing beats a day out in the cottages of Sierra Norte

One of the most beautiful places of Madrid. The water abundance and the variety of vegetation and animals make it into a paradise. Valle de Lozoya, Hayedo de Monteio, Sierra del Rincón and el Monasterio de El Paular are the indispensables. Stay in a cottage and enjoy the cuisine. Hiking, climbing and skiing when snows covers up its hillsides.

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Senda Real

Manzanares Madrid Spain
At the end of a two day hike, or a good day cycling, you arrive at Manzanares

This path has been maintained throughout the centuries, linking the capital city to a wooded area preserved by its use as royal hunting ground. Now it’s a wonderful route turns into a Gran Recorrido (long distance path) so take your bike, skate or wathever and travel over the great 50 km stretch.


Let’s challange Madrileño’s cold, forget the city center pollution’s and breath fresh air. Your lungs will really thank you!

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