Madrid, in addition to being the biggest city in Spain, is a city that has such a natural and cultural heritage that it is a perfect city to take a good excursion without leaving Madrid.
And it is that in the absence of sea, it has natural environments and a unique architectural variety. Let’s see what excursions near Madrid we can do.
If you want to go out near the capital of Spain, stay and find out about these three options that we leave you here.
Excursion to the Valle Lozoya
It is called the Natural way of the Lozoya Valley, you can start this route from the Puente del Perdón, in Rascafría, built in the 18th century. It is a route fully equipped for both hiking and biking. It runs through the Lozoya upper valley in its entirety, allowing a tour of the towns that settle in the valley, and also passes through interesting heritage displays such as the Paular monastery or the Buitrago walls.
It is made up of several branches such as Los Batanes, Santa Ana Hermitage, La Concepción Hermitage, Fuensanta Hermitage, Canencia branch or the one that goes to Los Prados Hermitage.
The route in which the constant presence of the Lozoya river also runs along the edge of the Pinilla reservoir and gives us the opportunity to see some examples of historical civil architecture associated with the river, such as the already mentioned Puente del Perdón (in El Paular) or the Congosto Bridge (Lozoya).
The length of the main route from El Paular (Rascafría) to El Cuadrón is 31.7 km. If we continue to Buitrago del Lozoya, we would have to add 7.2 km.
It is a beautiful route to do it in stages, spending the night in any of the beautiful mountain villages through which this route runs and learn more about the culture, heritage or gastronomy of the area.
Excursion through la Comarca de las vegas
In the south of the Community of Madrid, in the municipality of Aranjuez, the Region of Las Vegas is located, at a natural level it has spectacular places, beyond its great landscapes, with few geographical accidents and with great vegetation, its importance stands out hydrographic. And it is that through this region pass rivers as important as the Tagus, the Jarama and the Tajuña.
It has several routes, one is the one that starts from the Algodor station, about 35 km south of Aranjuez. The path runs along the Vereda de la Mora and then enters the Calzada de Toledo and, after traveling about 6.5km, reaches the Humedal del Carrizal de Villamejor.
Continuing 4.8 km, we find El Soto del Lugar, a residual lagoon surrounded by marshy vegetation and a small forest where we can observe purple herons, western marsh harriers and different reed warblers.
Las Fuentes y los Miradores route begins at the bridge over the Tajuña River on the Villarejo de Salvanés road, where there is a rest area.
Ecological path of the Vía Verde de Tajuña, this excursion connects Tielmes with the neighboring municipality of Carabaña through a practically flat itinerary, of just under 7 km, which can be covered in about two hours in one direction.
Excursions through la Sierra de Madrid
Here we will have many options to choose from, this great variety of routes connect with towns, cross natural spaces, lead to meadows, mills and mountain ranges, among other things.
In extremely valuable ethnographic and landscape heritage linked. We recommend you discover the Sierra Norte through the Carpetania Path Network, where a path does not lead to one place but to many.
The network of Caminos de la Sierra de Guadarrama proposes 26 routes in the Sierra de Madrid for all tastes with a wide variety of alternatives; high mountain routes, forests, valley bottoms, reservoirs with different durations and technical difficulties.
Well, you know that you should choose the route that best suits you among all the excursion routes near Madrid. We recommend you study them well before you leave. Go out with the right equipment: clothing, shoes, water, food, sunscreen and protection against the cold (if it’s winter) and lamps. And if you are a beginner in the mountains, it is best to have a professional guide the first few times.