Hiking group Madrid with the best mountain guides making adventure tours in Sierra de Guadarrama.
For most people, hearing Madrid brings to their minds the memory of the city of Madrid. Its streets, its monuments, its blue sky, its bars, and of course, its hectic nightlife. But Madrid as well as a city is a province, a territory that extends to the four cardinal points from the city giving rise to a diversity of very different landscapes between them.
Heading north from the city, more specifically northwest, we are heading towards what is possibly the most different landscape. A mountainous environment that will make us forget that only 40 minutes by car there is a city of more than three million inhabitants. We are talking about the National Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Belonging to the so-called Central System, these mountains offer a natural paradise for hiking and other mountain activities.
With physical characteristics ranging from circuses and glacial lakes, through extensive granite fields, in addition to countless plant landscapes formed by high mountain ecosystems and large pine forests, we could say that diversity is the main characteristic of this mountain massif.
From summits that exceed 2,000 meters in height to areas of low and medium mountain forest. The wide variety of terrain offered by the Sierra de Guadarrama allows us to access different types of mountain itineraries that cover all types of levels, and therefore allow all types of people to get to know its wonderful landscapes. It is for that reason that in this article we will make a selection of excursions of different levels and in different areas of the Sierra de Guadarrama.
We are located in the upper part of the Lozoya Valley, where the river of the same name that supplies water to the city of Madrid is born. Willing to make this beautiful hike that will take us to know the longest living being of all the Community of Madrid, and even say that the entire Iberian Peninsula.
Exuberant nature, countless streams of crystalline water that descend from the highest peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Forests that as we advance in our walk become deeper and deeper, more magical. We pass through places where time passes at a different rhythm to the one we are accustomed to.
Among pines and holly trees, and rocks covered by moss, we will reach the Tejeda del Valhondillo, where we will find specimens of a tree of exceptional characteristics, the yew, highlighting the so-called Tejo Milenario de Valhondillo, which is said to be between 1,500 and 1,800 years old.
In the following video you can see a brief sample of what we told you:
You can also get more information about this activity by clicking on this link.
You may not know that the Manzanares River before it becomes the way you see it when you cross the city of Madrid is a beautiful mountain river with crystal clear waters. You may also be surprised to learn that this happens in a place quite close to the city… Is that so? Yes? Ok, then we have no choice but to talk to you about “La Pedriza”. A protected area known as “Cuenca Alta del Manzanares” Natural Park, integrated into the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.
La Pedriza is the most singular place in the whole Guadarrama Mountain range. A universe of granite sculpted over millions of years of action of erosion on rocks, which have given rise to a chaotic landscape where vegetation is mixed with rocks of unique shapes to which people have often been naming due to their resemblance to everyday objects or even animals.
Due to its orography, La Pedriza is the favorite place for many hikers and climbers who go assiduously to practice their favorite hobby. It is a place that offers multiple hikes of very different levels, some of them really hard but sincerely spectacular. Anyone who knows it knows that La Pedriza is a place full of hidden and beautiful places. An environment that can be quite physically demanding for the hiker if you want to reach certain areas and even complicated, due to its marked labyrinthine character and how relatively easy it can be to get lost.
But for this hike we stayed in low areas, near the riverbed, making only a simple incursion in the granite blocks area, to appreciate a little closer this wonder of Nature. In the following video you can see a what we talking to you:
You can also get more information about this activity in La Pedriza by clicking on this link.
If there is an emblematic place in the Guadarrama Mountain Range, perhaps too much according to the usual excess of people who come there every weekend especially during the summer season, that is undoubtedly the Fuenfría Valley. A few thousand years ago the Romans discovered it and decided that it was a good place to open a way of communication between the populations of the south of the mountains and Segovia.
Quite a few years later, already in a more modern era, the Fuenfría Valley also marveled outstanding poets of Spanish literature who found in it the necessary inspiration to write their works. In the meantime, the Spanish politicians of past times also wanted “to leave their mark” in such a distinguished place by projecting a series of roads that would cross it. Something that luckily or unfortunately did not end up happening due to the Spanish Civil War.
Recovering the subject we are talking about which is the hike we are presenting, commenting that it is a little harder than the two previous ones. We will walk in a terrain that does not offer any technical difficulty, but that will require more physical effort, since both the distance and the slope that we have to assume are somewhat greater than in the two excursions we have talked about before, without passing what would be a medium level qualification for this activity.
One more time here you have a video to get a better idea:
You can also get more information about this activity in the Fuenfría Valley by clicking on this link.
Consult the scheduled hikings
So that at a glance you have access to all the activities that we have scheduled for the coming days.