Throughout Spain there are numerous hiking trails that run through dreamlike landscapes, whether dizzying gorges, forests that almost seem enchanted, steep mountains or even river banks. The trails that can be followed are many, and most of them are so spectacular that many dream of getting away from the city for a few days and relaxing in the middle of nature, especially those who live in the Madrid center.

Although many believe that these routes are only found in the most rural Spain, the truth is that in the Madrid’s community There are also magnificent trails that can be completed in a weekend and that run through awesome places. From imposing waterfalls to mountains where you can have an impressive panoramic view, there are spectacular routes to few kilometers From the capital.


View of Mount El Pardo, one of the best preserved in Europe.


One of the best preserved forests in Europe is a few kilometers from Madrid

Purgatory Waterfall

Purgatory Waterfall.
Purgatory Waterfall.

In the already incredible municipality of Rascafría The route to the Purgatory waterfall, a trail of almost 12 kilometers that crosses the Lozoya River. From the beautiful Puente del Perdón, next to the Monastery of Santa María del Paular, Hikers will take a tour through green forests that lead to the impressive waterfall that gives its name to the entire trail and which is one of the greatest natural wonders that can be visited near Madrid.

Puricelli Road

Puricelli Road
Puricelli Road

Near the town of Cercedilla There is this route that goes to the Fuenfría Valley, a spectacular environment located north of Madrid. This trail of just four kilometers is ideal to do with the family, Not only because of the short distance, but because it barely has a slope and is also very easy to access, since it ends at the municipality’s railway station.

The Blacksmith Forest

Blacksmith Forest.
Blacksmith Forest.

The trees of this forest provide the environment with Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial of greater spectacularity. The incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna found throughout the 4.5 kilometers This route is almost incomparable in the community, and that is why it is one of the best trails to spend a Sunday outside of Madrid.

Old Road of Las Matas

Regional Park of the middle course of the Guadarrama River.
Regional Park of the middle course of the Guadarrama River.

He Old Road of Las Matas A few weeks ago he obtained the title of Blue Trail, being the first in the entire community of Madrid to achieve it. On this hiking route that crosses the Guadarrama River Regional Park, those who enter it will be able to enjoy unparalleled relaxation next to calm waters and incredible trees, and the best thing is that it is located in Las Rozas, just a few minutes from the capital.


Hayedo de la Pedrosa.


The route through a snowy forest ideal to do in winter

Route of the Lozoya Canyons and Cerro de la Oliva

Canyons of the Lozoya River.
Canyons of the Lozoya River.

In the Sierra de Ayllón There are some of the most impressive landscapes in all of Spain, and to see them in first person you can follow this incredible hiking route of more than eight kilometers that begins in the Hermitage of the Virgen de la Oliva, It runs through imposing canyons and ends at a historic dam.

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