When talking about Madrid, one always thinks of the capital. And it does have many attractions to visit. But this autonomous community is much more than the big city. There are also municipalities with a lot of charm, tradition and history, as well as natural places that allow you to enjoy total contact with nature and that are of great beauty. On this occasion, we are going to focus on some proposals to spend time outdoors .
The natural places
One of the most beautiful places in Madrid is the Cascada del Purgatorio . It is located in the Aguilón stream, which is one of the largest tributaries of the Lozoya River . It is just in the area that exceeds the rocky barrier.
This area is only accessible on foot and is part of a 6.3-kilometer-long route. The starting point is the monastery of Santa María del Paular . In addition, you will go through the Puente del Perdón and the old Madrid highway. From this point, there is a detour to the left, which is signposted, which leads to a wooden bridge where the path that goes up the stream begins and leads to the waterfall.
Another good route is the so-called Schimidt Castle , which is a mountain path that runs between the Navacerrada pass and the Fuenfría valley. The route takes you through the Siete Picos mountain range, the southern part of the Fuenfría valley, in the municipality of Cercedilla , where the best preserved forest masses of Scots pine in the central system are found.
Madrid also has more destinations to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Another good alternative is known as Chorrera de San Mamés , which is a waterfall located on the southeast slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama . La Chorrera de San Mamés belongs to the Pinilla stream, which is also a tributary of the Lozoya River.