Turismo Madrid


Espacios Naturales Protegidos de la Comunidad de Madrid

Do you like photography? If you want to discover the most beautiful corners of our region, its flora and fauna, you only have to take your camera and get ready to enjoy, because currently in the Region of Madrid, there are nine 'Protected Natural Areas', which occupy 15% of its territory.

The Parque Natural de la Cumbre, Circo y Lagunas de Peñalara is comprised since 2013 within the 'Sierra de Guadarrama National Park'. This area has great value in terms of flora, fauna, natural habitats and houses a bird protection area (SPA) in the upper valley of Lozoya. You can walk through it thanks to its marked paths provided with rest areas, viewpoints and self-interpretive itineraries that will facilitate access to this space.

Toward the west in the banks of the Guadarrama and Alberche rivers is the 'Parque regional del curso medio del río Guadarrama y su entorno', where lovers of water sports will enjoy the Valmayor reservoir, and ornithology can take your best shots thanks to the existence of birds such as the Spanish imperial eagle, goshawk, real owls, or black storks among others.

Also in the 'Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares', you can enjoy watching high ecological value species such as the peregrine falcon and the griffon vulture. But you can also see one of the most impressive granite formations in Europe. This park was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993.

The 'Parque regional en torno a los ejes de los cursos bajos de los ríos Manzanares y Jarama (Parque del Sureste)' is another Protected Area in the region that has a high ecological, paleontological and archaeological value.

One of the most interesting moments of the day is watching the sunrise and sunset. You can experience that magical moment in the 'Refugio de fauna Laguna de San Juan', which is located in the town of Chinchon, while you contemplate a large number of aquatic birds. 

The 'Reserva natural El Regajal-Mar de Ontígola', located in Aranjuez, also offers us the opportunity to observe a variety of waterfowl. Prepare your camera because in the area of El Regajal you will have the opportunity to photograph some of the most unique species of butterflies in the world. 

If you want to visit the 'Sitio natural de interés nacional del Hayedo de Montejo de la Sierra' do not forget to book your place, because it has a strict access control. It houses one of the most southern beech forests of Europe and oaks of great botanical value and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve.

Do not miss the stunning views of San Lorenzo de El Escorial from the 'Paraje pintoresco El pinar de Abantos y zona de la Herrería', that with an unquestionable landscape value, hosts forest species of botanical interest.

Finally and ending our route, we found close to Puerto del León 'Monumento natural de interés nacional de La Peña del Arcipreste de Hita', named to commemorate six centuries of the 'Book of Good Love'. There you can enjoy the landscape of pine trees and surrounded by a pleasant natural spring.

More info: Protected Natural Areas