Top 10 on the outskirts of Madrid
Most of the people don't know what villages that surround the city of Madrid hide numbers. If you are tired of so many city and prefer to do some tourist route on the outskirts here we leave a small route with 10 of the best places to visit. You will discover castles, caves, Celtic ruins, cities haunted... join?
Del Castañar in the shiver. El Tiemblo (Avila)
Castañar de El Tiemblo is one of the most beautiful in Spain, full of trees. It is at the narrowest Gorge which forms the Ivy River, almost on the boundary with the community of Madrid. In a surprising area of forest, There is a stunning chestnut («the grandfather of the forest»). The specimen of this species is the largest in Europe, with a perimeter of more of 10 meters. Its hollow trunk served as a refuge for shepherds.
Cañon del Rio Lobos. Ucero (Soria)
Delve into an authentic Templar Castle. Ucero, It took the name of the river, retains a medieval castle, dating back to 1157, with gargoyles and underground passages that descend to the river, You'll feel like a true gentleman. Nearby is one of the most enigmatic places: the Natural Park of the Canyon of the Rio Lobos.
After touring the spectacular Karst Gorge is the place chosen by the Templars "Soldiers monks" to build a monastery. The reddish walls contrast with the green of the pine trees and, beside a large cave, is the Church of San Bartolomé, all that remains of the old monastery.
Buitrago del Lozoya (Madrid)
Back to the Civil War Spanish. 70 years later, remnants of the war are still in the surroundings of Madrid. Among them, Head Piñuecar, two kilometers from Buitrago del Lozoya.
The route begins in the same Buitrago by the NI, where referred to the river and the spectacular walls of the town. At the top of the Hill, there are parapets and trenches and, to the front, the water of the Retamosa tank, two pillboxes and a bunker.
TO 75 km from Madrid.
The Enebralejos cave (Prádena. Segovia)
If you like to explore caves, This is yours. Considered to be of international archaeological interest. It was already inhabited in the stone age and is a formation of karstic origin with suggestive names rooms: Hell gate, Hall of columns, or Castle of the fairies, where there are many stalactites and stalagmites.
Inside they found more than 100 graves, and pottery and arrowheads
TO 110 kilometres from Madrid and 45 Segovia.
Castle of Guadamur (Guadamur. Toledo)
Declared of Cultural interest, This fortress was built in the 15th century by the count of Fuensalida, Pedro López de Ayala, It is located in the region of Montes de Toledo, in the Hermitage Hill. It is currently inhabited, but we can go outside, the drawbridge and the Camí de ronda.
In the 18th century it was abandoned and, in 1887, It was restored by the count of assault. It is a magnificent example of 15th century fortress, influenced by Italian styles.
TO 84 kilometres from Madrid and 13 Toledo.
Castle of la Mota. Medina del Campo (Valladolid)
In Medina he lived and died (a 26 November of 1504) Isabel la Católica. The visit to the fortress can be free and free way to a reduced area of the building or through guided tours.
On the occasion of the television series has become fashionable route of Isabella the Catholic, It begins in the probate Royal Palace (in the Plaza Mayor), Center for interpretation and study on his life. Then follows by the Castle, Monastery of Santa María la Real and the Collegiate Church of San Antolín. The Museum of the fairs, in the Church of San Martín, the rich mercantile history of Medina del Campo.
TO 159 kilometres from Madrid.
Castle of Manzanares el Real (Madrid)
It is the best preserved of the community, on the banks of the reservoir. It was declared a historic artistic monument in 1931. The Castle currently houses a Museum of the Spanish castles and is home to a collection of tapestries. The collection of Flemish tapestries from the 17TH century, facts on cartons of Rubens, some armor and the antique furniture. At the entrance of Manzanares are the ruins of the old Castle, It was the residence of the Marquis of Santillana.
TO 48 kilometres from Madrid.
Celtic ruins. Ulaca (Avila)
Avila is the provinces with more Celtic history. The castros are privileged places. The Celtic tribe the vettones rose important forts that today you can visit. From Solosancho (to 22 km from the capital) a two-kilometre road leads to Villaviciosa and its castle, where you have to leave the car. A signposted dirt track leads up to which was the most important Celtic city in Spain: Ulaca, It is historic-artistic monument. There are three kilometers of travel. From there you look all the Amblés Valley and the villages of Solosacho and Villaviciosa.
TO 125 kilometres from Madrid and 24 Avila.
The Ciudad Encantada (Basin)
The Ciudad Encantada, declared Natural site of national interest, is in an area of pine forests, at an altitude of 1.500 meters. The enchanted city is without doubt one of the most spectacular places of our country.
The action of water and wind over centuries made that we today consider this impressive geological phenomenon: Indian heads, cathedrals, horses, dogs, Roman bridge, mushrooms, turtles, a fruit basket, The lovers of Teruel…
TO 200 kilometres from Madrid and 35 basin.
The new Calatrava Castle (Ciudad Real)
On the road to Puertollano are the remains of the Calatrava Castle convent new, founded in the 13th century by the order of Calatrava.
The main thing is the Church, Cistercian style made with garnet-colored volcanic stone and with a huge rose window, built in the era of the Catholic Kings.
In addition, you know that it was one of the scenes of the making of the film El Capitán Trueno and the Holy Grail.
TO 190 km of Madrid and 30 Ciudad Real.
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