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Just an hour from Madrid, at the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, stands La Pedriza, a park on the slopes of the Guadarrama mountain range with wonderful views and diverse wildlife. One of the largest granitic ranges in Europe features lakes, streams, gorges, and an abundance of rocky peaks off the beaten path. Interesting rock formations and crystal clear Manzanares lake will leave no one indifferent, and the dramatic Mendoza Castle built in 1475 will take you on a journey into the past. This 9 km (6 miles) long trail is rated as difficult, but all the hard work will be rewarded with stunning landscapes. Explore the rugged terrain and learn about the history of the area with a local friendly guide!
Explore the breathtaking nature off the beaten path
Stop in the stunning town of Manzanares el Real along the way
Wonderful views of rugged granite formations, mountain streams, gorges, and peaks
La Pedriza has so much to offer — let your experienced local guide take you on a two-day hike along the loop trail and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in Spain. Spend the night under the stars, cross streams, gorges, and rocky peaks, and make some life-long memories along the way!
After your guide picks you up at your hotel or accommodation in Madrid at 8:00 AM, you’ll head to El Tranco an hour away. On your first day, you’ll hike for 5 to 7 hours along La Pedriza National Park. In the evening, relax and re-energize with hot dinner and cold drinks. Spend the night at bivouac only with a sleeping bag and pad under the endless starry skies.
Duration: 5-7 hours
Elevation: +1.100 m, -200 m
After a hearty breakfast, pack up camp and spend the day hiking for 4 to 6 more hours. Enjoy lunch in Manzanares el Real, one of the most attractive towns of the Madrid province as it is situated in a truly stunning environment. Enjoy the views overlooking the impressive Mendoza Castle before being transported back to Madrid. Estimated time of arrival is at 5:00 PM.
Duration: 4-6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Elevation: +250 m, -1.100 m
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in La Pedriza, Spain, please refer to the Spanish Ministry of Health or the Official Tourism Website of Madrid.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
Hiking in La Pedriza is most suitable for intermediate to advanced hikers and trekkers. This adventure includes 5 to 8 hour hikes on paths and trails, involving ascents and descents through varied and rocky terrain and carrying a medium weight backpack (from 8 to 10 kg). A good level of fitness is required. The hike crosses rugged mountain terrain, scree sections and occasional easy rock scrambling. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in La Pedriza can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to Madrid, most people fly into Madrid–Barajas International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to your accommodation. Madrid is just an hour away from the hiking location.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.