This region is characterized by many rivers (Tajo, Tajuña and Jarama) and their affluent that flow over the land. The landscape is varied and it has many riverside areas and leafy forests. It is perfect for those who love nature and rural areas, since this area has many charming towns located in an idyllic environment that will make you enjoy more than ever.
On the Road A-4
We will begin our route in Aranjuez, where we will take the A-4 Valdemoro direction and later we will take the deviation until Ciempozuelos. One of the inhabited villages for thousand years is Ciempozuelos, which is mainly dedicated to the agriculture and livestock. This influenced the urban architecture, with agricultural houses that are still in use, very typical of this region. Moreover, between the plain and the plateau there is a huge contrast with nature, the first belongs to the Parque Regional del Sureste (Regional Park of the Southwest) and the second one full of busts and saline. It is a truly spectacular sight.
We will continue through the M-404 until Titulcia. This town with a Latin name, has its origins previously to the Romans, since there are archaeological remains that confirm that it was inhabited thousand years ago. Its natural environment flows between the Jarama and Tajuña Rivers, and it is mainly integrated in the Parque Regional del Sureste. Discover its monumental heritage by visiting the ensemble composed by the Plaza Mayor, The Church of St. María Magdalena, and the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Loneliness... It is worthy of being enjoyed.
Before leaving this road, we will go San Martín de la Vega direction. This population receives its name from the Vega del Jarama, that feeds and makes dynamic the local economy. The activities that feed more families were - and are- the agriculture and livestock, although the industry and service activities are also very strong. The Church of the Nativity of Our Lady has been declared a Place of Cultural Interest, and it was built in the 16th century. Enjoy the natural and monumental heritage of San Martin de la Vega, you will not regret.
We Continue Through M-302
We will take the M-302, Morata de Tajuña direction. This is an original village. Although there have been found prehistoric remains, the main remains are Roman and Arab. Moreover, there are also Christian vestiges after the Reconquest, which makes the population richer. Do not forget to enjoy also nature, between the riverside of the Tajuña River and the plains over the valley.
We will follow the same road until Perales de Tajuña. This region was inhabited thousands of years ago, as it has been proved. Particularly this town was first officially named in a donation of the King Alfonso VI to the Archbishop of Toledo in 1099. A curios fact in this population is the existence of some of the caves that were used as houses or for the livestock, but there are few due to the new houses that have been built. Enjoy also the Church of St. Mary of the Castle, with a Baroque style. Also, the Perales street will show you the old mills and ovens.
We Move Forward to the M-204
We will take this road until Tielmes. The nature rules in Tielmes. The exuberant vegetation adapts to all kinds of environments, from the plateau until the plain, and the diverse fauna of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians make this town one of the bests of the region to do nature tourism routes. Moreover, the heritage also stands out with the Parish Church of the Saints Justo and Pastor that has a Renaissance-Baroque style. Don't miss the bridge from the 17th century, the Hermitage of the Saint Children...
Hereafter, we will take the M-224, and this road will lead us until Valdilecha. This population has its origin in the 12th century, as it is proved with the bell-shaped ceramics founded and some other documents. The municipal landscape offers plain terrains with a relief that accommodates natural elements. Moreover, we find the Church of St. Martín Bishop, from the 13th century, which is one of the little gothic-Mudejar examples that remains in the Region of Madrid.
We must deviate to the M-221 until Villar del Olmo. This town is immersing in a leafy valley that change its color depending on the time of the year. It has a woodland park full of pines and with two signed routes that will allow you to discover all the corners of the leaving nature. Moreover, you will find Romanesque examples in the Church of Our Lady of the Ancient, dated from the 11th and 12th centuriws. You can even walk into the streets discovering the popular architecture, which is still in use and very well preserved.
Following again the M-204, we will arrive to Ambite. Here, we will visit this amazing example of the popular architecture of the area. If you go there the 3rd February, you can go to the Festival of St. Blás and the Day of the Hornazo, where you can taste the Tortilla Ambiteña and the Bollo de Pascua. Moreover, on Christmas there is a Living Nativity Scene represented by the inhabitants of the town.
We will follow the river through the M-204 and we will stop by Orusco de Tajuña, another of the millenary populations. It has had historic relevance thousands of years ago, and proof of it is the Church of St. Juan Evangelista, with a Baroque style and built in the 17th century; the Hermitage of the Virgin of Bellaescusa, from the 13th century and with Late-Romanesque style; and the peculiar and ancient Pozo de la Nieve, which was used as a fridge in order to keep the food cool with ice or snow.
If we do not deviate from the M-204, we will reach to Carabaña. This are were inhabited before the Romans, as the archaeological remains reveal. This wonderful village has a great heritage from many times, and you can see the passage of time on its streets. Do not miss the Church of the Assumption, which has a Visigoth baptismal font; The Palace of the Viceroy of Indias, from the 17th century and that has a coat of arms carved; or the Hermitage of Santa Lucía, from the 16th century.
Taking the M-221
Then, we will take the M-221 until Brea de Tajo. This is a town that is completely integrated into the nature that surrounds it. Walk into its streets that show a popular architecture or take one of the many routes that surround the municipality. These ochre lands change its color during the sunrise and sunset, and together with a famous Arab bust that grows there and turns red the landscape, you will have a relaxing environment. Moreover, you also have the Church of the Assumption, built in the 18th century. Do not miss that!
We can go to our next destination taking the Azor and Aruelo streets until Estremera. This town has his roots in the Reconquest, when it was founded. It can be enjoyed in many ways, and one of the most beautiful ones is through the nature paths and routes for hiking and bicycle, since it has a cycle path. Moreover, it has a huge heritage, among which stands out the Church of Our Lady of the Remedies, from the 17th century, the Cave of Pedro Fernández, which it turns to be older... more exactly from the Bronce Era! Enjoy its galleries of more than eight kilometers long.
Along the M-222
Taking this road we will not stop until Valdaracete. This town was founded in the Reconquest time, and it stands out due to its urban and monumental heritage, as well as due to the attractive natural environment. The vegetation is mainly of rainfed, but it offers more possibilities that the more inhabited areas can't. The most curious thing is that here grows an Arab bust called "zumaque", with an intense red fruits, that paint the landscape like a picture. Among the monuments stands out the Church of St. Juan Bautista, built in the highest spot of the town at the end of the 16th century.
It is necessary to take the deviation to the M-320 in order to arrive to our next destination, Fuentidueña de Tajo. This population is located in an area where there have been discovered Paleolithic remains, and it has a big record. The Castle of Santiago domains the landscape, although there was also a former one: Alharilla, from the Muslims. Moreover, Fuetidueña del Tajo hosts the Church of St. Andrés, of Baroque style, and the Clock Tower, close to the Council. Enjoy the heritage and its living nature, and do not forget to have lunch there.
Then, the streets of the Cañada and the Cruz will drive us to Villamanrique de Tajo. The Tajo River, and some of its affluent, are the main elements that stand out among the landscape of the area. You will find a landscape divided between the wasteland and the riverside, and the vegetation will change from one place to the other, like they belong to different worlds. You can enjoy the whole natural environment in Villamanrique del Tajo through its Ecological Path, that runs over the are. Moreover, you also have many monuments, among which stand out the former Villa of Buenamesón, which was a leisure and agricultural farm from the 17th century; the Castle of Alboer, which now is only remains.
An Now Through the M-321
Our next destination is Villarejo de Salvanés. The first record of human existence on this municipality is from the 11th century, although there have been found ancient remains. The environment is characterized by the Tajo River and some of its affluent, as well as the Canal of Estrmera. The sight will get lost among the vineyards, olive groves and other crops; and the Castle from the 13th century will surprise you. Moreover, do not miss the Parish Church of St. Andrés the Apostle , from the 14th century. Stop by some of the wine houses of Villarejo and bring home a wine from Madrid.
If we take the M-404, aur next stop will be Belmonte de Tajo. When we arrive there, we must visit the Church of Our Lady of the Star, from the 16th century. It is one of the best examples of the religious architecture of that time in the region and you cannot miss it. Moreover, you can finish your tour by visiting the Hermitage of St. Isidro, that is strangely dedicated to Our Lady of the O; since it is been refurbished it has a fantastic ribbed vault inside.
The street Cuesta de la Grilla, together with the Flor Street will drive us to Valdelaguna. It has a medieval origin, and its name comes from the place where it was constructed, where there was a lagoon. Be that as it may, there are many streams that feed the area with water, with intense green vegetation and many crop lands. The monumental heritage of Valdelaguna is distributed along the population, among its streets, and stand out the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, from the 15th century; and the many examples of popular architecture, like the laundry fountain and the big houses. Do not forget to try the wines, some of the wine houses are inside the Denomination of Origin of Wines of Madrid.
We will finish our tour taking the M-316 until Chinchón, and later the M-305 that drives us to Villaconejos. This village is located in a plateau with some ravines where some streams flow, and it has little vegetation, but varied. Like in many other populations, the urban architecture has been influenced by the agriculture and livestock activities, so we can observe many rural houses. Moreover, there are many impressive monuments, such as the Church of St. Nicolár of Bari, from the 16th century; the Hermitage of St. Ana, also from the 16th century; and the incredible Cave of the Friars, from the 18th century, excavated on the rock and with arches, vents and vaults... used for wines. Discover Villaconejos, you will love it.
If you have questioned this more than once, pay attention and we will show you the best flea markets and popular festivals for buying the artisanal products that you are looking for.
First, you must know that on these areas the common characteristic is the co-habitation of different types of craftsmanship, textile, wood, paper, leather, ceramics, stone, plaster and glass, metal and many others craftsmanship. It is about centenary jobs that are developed by real artists, whose knowledge is transmitter from generation to generation.
We highligh the Mercado Agro Artesanal de Orusco, where the tomatoes are the main characthers. Traditionally, when the spring arrives, the inhabitants of Orusco put seebeds, where the tomato plant grew and other products like: beans, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, zucchini, onions... This market honors this tradition and brings the best products from the orchard.
Or the Pupular Flea Market of Griñon, celebrated the every first Sunday of the month, except in summer, when it is the first Sunday. Here you can find clothes, shoes, jewelery and accessories, furniture, decoration, leather products, high quality craftsmanship, puppet products, home-made pastry, second-hand books and movies... all you can imagine!
We have already told you almost everything about the accommodation on this area. You are an expert on the Plains Region and along your way you can find many rural accommodations, hotels, apartments, and other places available. Choose the one you want and be pampered as you deserve by the professionals at your disposal.