Top three reasons to go hiking in the Guadarrama Mountains
Discover the natural wonders of one of Spain’s most popular NPs
Explore routes for hikers of all ages, fitness levels, and proficiencies
Experience Sierra de Guadarrama’s one-of-a-kind granite rock formations
At a short hour’s drive from the Spanish capital of Madrid, the Guadarrama Mountains have to be one of the most approachable adventure hotspots in Europe. The mountains were only declared a National Park in 2013, but they had been drawing in hikers for decades before. The 20+ family-friendly routes on Peñalara, La Pedriza, Fuenfría Valley, and the Seven Peaks are ideal day trip destinations—they provide great exploration opportunities and fantastic scenery in short and practical packages. The trails wind along clear creeks, picturesque meadows, and shaded scot pine forests and provide excellent views of impressive granite rock formations, glacier lagoons, and endemic mountain wildlife. Whether you’re just looking to get into hiking or you have miles and miles of wilderness treks under your belt, you really can’t go wrong in the Sierra de Guadarrama!
Madrid is 1 hour away from the Guadarrama Mountains
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Hiking in the Guadarrama National Park in Madrid
Head to Madrid, Spain, for half a day of exploring Sierra de Guadarrama’s unique rock formations, majestic summits, and fascinating flora and fauna. Your experienced local guide will take you to the trailhead, where you’ll get to experience some of Spain’s greatest natural wonders! The tour will be custom-made for you based on your experience, age, and fitness level. Gather your friends and family and explore scot pine forests, clear water creeks, alpine meadows and so much more!
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My brother and I went on two hiking routes with Gabriel in November 2017: The fall hike and the hike to PEÑALARA peak. That was awesome! Gabriel picked us from our hotel in Madrid and drove to the starting points. Explained everything about the surroundings and even got to talk about Spanish life. If you are thinking about hiking in Spain with a local guide you MUST contact Gabriel.
I spent the day hiking with Marina and Carlos. They were on time picking me up from the hotel, very knowledgeable during the hike and were flexible on the pace of the hike. We had a spectacular day. Also, Gabriel is very responsive and the company was quite easy to work with. I would highly recommend Dreampeaks for a hike in Madrid!
We had a great experience with Dreampeaks hiking in the National Park of Guadarrama in Madrid. We hiked in La Pedriza which is a really magic place with amazing rocks and nature. Gabriel the guide picked us up in Madrid and led us through the route with very interesting explanations about geology, wildlife, and flora. A highly recommended outdoor activity just 45 minutes from the center of Madrid.
Today me and my son made a day trek organized by DreamPeaks Madrid. The hike was great and we enjoyed it very very much. I wonder sometimes on the trail, why people that coming from abroad to Madrid doesn’t know anything about Sierra Guadarrama, just only 45 minutes from Madrid. Robert, our guide, was amazing. It was very nice to meet him and everything was perfect, as I have been told while booking. Maybe we’ll take one hike more by DreamPeaks this week before we leave Madrid back to Israel.
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Things to know
Covid measures in the Guadarrama Mountains, Spain
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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Guadarrama Mountains, Spain, please refer to Madrid’s official tourism website.
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:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A 4-6 hour hiking tour of the Guadarrama Mountains
- Hiking sticks or poles if needed
- Navigation equipment, group first-aid kit, and route information
- Accident Insurance and Civil Liability Insurance
- Transportation from Madrid to the trailhead and back
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Madrid
- Food, snacks (optional picnic pack available for 15€ per person upon request)
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in the Guadarrama Mountains is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. 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.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Mountain/hiking boots or trail shoes, sports shoes
- Hiking poles — (can be provided by guide)
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm hat and gloves (if hiking in autumn, winter or spring)
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Lip balm
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Sport sunglasses
- Passport/identification document and personal belongings
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
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 age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The max client-to-guide ratio for these private climbs is 4:1.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Hiking in the Guadarrama Mountains can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
- The hike is suitable for babies with a baby backpack.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Guadarrama Mountains, most people fly into Madrid–Barajas Airport near Madrid. From there, you can take a cab, train, bus or ride the metro to Madrid.
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 your hotel or accommodation in Madrid or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.