If you like to be in touch with nature, we are sure that you will already know the National Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama or the Regional Park of the upper basin of Manzanares, among other beautiful areas of the region, but there are others perhaps less transited, which deserve a visit, so this week we go into the Regional Park of the River Guadarrama, will you join us?
Created in 1999, and currently with a total of 22,656 hectares of riverbank land, in the western part of the region is located one of the least known spaces and great environmental diversity: the Regional Park of the Guadarrama River.
From the mountains of Madrid to the countryside, the park follows the course of the Guadarrama and Aulencia rivers. On its way, we find a landscape full of groves and banks, which varies as we reach the depression of the Tagus, so we can find other ecosystems such as holm oaks, bushes and pastures, pines and dry crops.
Trekking lovers will enjoy the beauty of the park as there is a wide network of signposted routes as well as rural paths, which will allow you to discover the different natural attractions of the area, and how not its fauna, as there is a great variety in the park, due to the abundance of existing resources. The Iberian imperial eagle, the bee-eaters, the partridges, the foxes or the European giant tortoises stand out, to mention a few.
But taking advantage of the fact that the protected territory includes 19 municipal districts, you can always take the opportunity to get to know the wealth of heritage they suggest the castle of Batres, that of Gonzalo Chacón in Arroyomolinos, Odón in Villaviciosa, Aulencia in Villanueva de la Cañada, and even places of interest such as the Plaza de Segovia in Navalcarnero, a site declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
Don't think twice about it, and explore with us through this singular natural space of the Region of Madrid!
More info: Parque Regional del río Guadarrama
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