The sierras , mountains around Madrid !!

One thing that escapes many is the sierras or mountain passes and outdoors available just outside the city of Madrid.  In my youth I used to come by Navacerrada, Cercecilla,Villalba, Guadarrama, and San Lorenzo a lot with my mother Gladys , cousins, and friends. I like to update this older post that brings me many memorable moments, Hope you enjoy the post and do visit for your memorable moments….

These were nice moment spent outside the grinder of the city, and especially in summer it was great. In Winter too, but my first encounter with the snow trails at Navacerrada turn into a twisting roll down the mountain that almost cost my life, luckily came out ok, but took me away from the slopes forever. Now my boys are into it, and they have been to the Alps in France , and summer to the Navacerrada, and I have gone back to drive thru and see the beautiful scenery.  The idea of this post is to let you know a bit more of the wonderful spots in the Comunidad de Madrid and its sierras.

First the Navacerrada mountain pass and ski resort is fantastic, and the only medal winner in the Olympics games of Sapporo 1972 came from here.  The Navacerrada is a complete resort nowdays with all modern facilities.  You have 4 stations” ,9 slopes in the zona alta or high hill and 7 slopes in the zona baja or low hill; the zona baja is for beginners and such and the zona alta is for pros. It has 7 lifts to carry you all over the mountain. At this moment the station is close for maintenance but its the end of the season, really, be ready for next winter. However for summer splurges and walks into the valleys or a ride by car it is still wonderful.

puerto de navacerrada N601 road aug17

Most folks visiting arrive here by train, leaving from Estación de Chamartín in Madrid you take the cercanias or suburbian train C-8b to Cercedilla ,and the the C-9 or train of Cotos to Puerto de Navacerrada. There is a bus service as alternative but never taken it,is every day from the  intercambiador de Moncloa in  Madrid on line  691 of the Larrea groupThen you have it by car, my way. You have two ways recommended, from Madrid on the A-6 to Collado Villalba and here take the road M-601 direccion Segovia until you reach Puerto de Navacerrada.  A better way off expressways is to take the road  M-607 (the ones from the north of Madrid direction  Colmenar Viejo, and follow the signs for Puerto de Navacerrada.

Puerto de Navacerrada

The official Puerto de Navacerrada:

The other towns are smaller , and less visited over the years, However, plenty of outdoor activities around the embalse or water reservoirs especially around Cercedilla (centro Joaquin Sorolla ,Ski museum , and many churches) as well as mirador or lookout points to see farther into the Sierra. You get there on the A6 out of Madrid to continue on the M601 ,take lighly left on the M 607 to Colmenar Viejo ,same road change to M 614 and then M 622 , always direction Cercedilla, On train cercanias C 8b as well, For the more experience and with good weather the 17 km of Puerto de Navacerrada to Manzanares El Real. Not to forget Collado Villalba, All of them with plenty other things to see other than nature trails !

Puerto de Navacerrada

The official sierra de Guadarrama and the towns to visit

If you like to go further north in the Sierra Norte and reach Buitrago del Lozoya, see here the museo Picasso, and the old quarter of the town, the Mendoza Castle, the Hospital and the Walled Enclosure ,which is the most unique and best preserved fortified complex in the Community of Madrid, dating from between the 11C and 12C in which the aforementioned Castle is located , the Church of Santa María del Castillo, the medieval wall and the Clock Tower. Rascafria, with the Bosque Finlandes or Finnish forest and the Royal Monastery of Santa María de El Paular, the First Charterhouse of the kingdom of Castile, founded at the end of the 14C. You will be thrown back to medieval times in authentic Castilian towns , just perfect wonderful.

The best way to get here is by car on the highway A1 -Madrid-Burgos) out of Madrid direction Buitrago del Lozoya to the entrada 74, Also they mention a bus 191 from Plaza de Castilla in Madrid with 9 stops Buitrago is the 8th, To Rascafria you take the same A1 highway to entrada exit 69 with the M 604 road, Also, there is a bus no 194 from the Plaza de Castilla in Madrid, it is the last stop,

The official Sierra Norte and its towns:

You will have a wonderful open country forest, mountain, lakes, rivers, and plenty more here just as little as 25 minutes outside Madrid. The Comunidad de Madrid tourist office with info on all these towns :

There you go folks, hope you enjoy the openness and natural beauty of this region all now better than ever easily reach from my Madrid. Have fun with the views and rides of the Sierras mountains around Madrid. Any further question, ask me ,,, !

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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2 Comments to “The sierras , mountains around Madrid !!”

  1. I once tried to use Navacerrada mountain pass in March 2009. It was closed and I was turned back by the Guardia Civil.

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