Hiking the Mountains of La Pedriza

Tour Description

Come to the mountains for a great day out in good company

Sick and tired of the hectic crowds, the noise and the pollution of the big city? A day out in the serenity of the mountains is the answer. Many will argue that “La Pedriza” is the most beautiful nature reserve of the Community of Madrid. Located in the Regional Park of the high river basin of Manzanares, it is a part of the Guadarrama mountain range, one of the largest granitic ranges of Europe. The area abounds in stunning scenery, spectacular nature and fresh air. Many streams and creeks criss-cross through meadows, forests and rocks, and provide an ecosystem rich in flora and fauna. Among the great variety of plants we’ll find junipers, cork oak trees, blackberries bushes, rockroses and pine tree forests. But the rulers of those quaint landscapes are vultures, eagles and mountain goats. And with a little luck there is a chance that we will come across wild horses. Less than an hour drive North from Madrid, La Pedriza is a favourite playground for outdoor lovers, hikers and rock climbers.

All inclusive day trip out in the mountains for active travelers

Beautiful all year round, this is a day of gorgeous mountains, excellent views, amazing photo opportunities, a healthy work-out and a superb three-course lunch in a traditional Spanish country restaurant. After a short drive from bustling Madrid, we’ll begin our day trip adventure with a resourcing coffee or tea and some local specialties before taking a closer look at the façade of the over 500-year old “Castillo de los Mendoza”. This castle is one of the finest fortresses of its’ kind and it is in an exceptional state of restoration. For the next three and a half hours we will trek along wooded trails and cliff-top look outs, and enjoy the panoramic views over peaceful valleys and the lake of Santillana. During this hike of medium intensity we’ll build up a nice appetite again, and some might even think that our delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant is the crowning glory of the day. At the end of our exploration at La Pedriza we will return to the city refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Duration:

9hr

Price:

115€ / person

Standard Start Time:

9.00am

What’s Included
  • Very knowledgeable and entertaining, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned, modern touring van
  • Coffee or soft drink and a fresh local snack before the hike
  • A great traditional restaurant lunch with wine
  • A bottle of water in the van
What’s Not Included
  • Guide’s gratuity
Recommended Clothing
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Light rain jacket and/or umbrella (if necessary)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
Group Size
  • 2-8 guests
Important
  • There would be a surcharge of 15 € / person if you end up being only two clients on any non-private tour.

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