Less than an hour from the capital is located Gargantilla del Lozoya, a municipality that is fundamentally characterized by the beauty of its landscapes, its history, its culture, and why not, its gastronomy. We are going there this week, taking advantage of the fact that last year the remains of the chapel of Santiago were declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC). Join us!
Gargantilla del Lozoya and from 1753 Pinilla de Buitrago, are two population centres that form a single municipality. To get there, we headed to the northern part of the region, in the middle of the Sierra de Guadarrama, since the municipality is located on the left bank of the Lozoya River at the foot of the Montes Carpetanos and the Somosierra mountain range, a place where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy a different day with friends, in couple or with the family. You decide it!
The origins of the municipality date back to its founding by residents of Garganta de los Montes, who were either fleeing a deadly epidemic or not wanting to pay their taxes. At that time, about the fifteenth century, was composed of a third population centre called Santiago, now disappeared. As a curiosity, we tell you that here took place the ceremony of proclamation of Juana 'la Beltraneja', as Crown Princess of Castile, in addition to her marriage with the Duke of Guyena, brother of Louis XI of France.
Walking through this area will allow us to enjoy an unparalleled beauty, places full of large ash trees, oaks and holm oaks, which together with the possibility of seeing different species of animals make the day a delight for lovers of routes and hiking, as very close to here, is the reservoir of Riosequillo and Cerro de la Cruz, to which they depart on various paths.
In fact, between the two population centre, and through a pleasant walk that you can do on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, are located the remains of the chapel of Santiago, a place that in 2019 was declared of Cultural Interest (BIC), in the category of Historical Site. This construction, which preserves the walls, the beautiful bell gable and its Mudejar-style arch at the entrance, has witnessed important events under the reign of Henry IV of Castile, and is a must if you decide to visit Gargantilla del Lozoya.
We went back to the historical centre, and walking its streets and its bridges, we travelled in time to discover that here lived three cultures, the Christian, the Hebrew and the Arabic. Don't leave without visiting the parish church of San Benito Abad in the historical centre.
Now, it seems like a good time to let yourself be carried away by the pleasures of the palate... With a typical mountain culinary tradition that includes vegetables from their own garden and meat from their own livestock, the locals there surprise their guests with careful proposals to ensure a complete and unique experience.
Enjoy with us this special corner, very close to the capital!
More info: Gargantilla del Lozoya
Image credits: ©Ayuntamiento Gargantilla del Lozoya