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Reserva de la Biosfera de la Cuenca Alta del Río Manzanares



  • Landscape in the Cuenca Alta del Río Manzanares Biosphere Reserve. Madrid

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Reserva de la Biosfera de la Cuenca Alta del Río Manzanares


Reserva de la Biosfera de la Cuenca Alta del Río Manzanares


Location and municipalities

Municipalities

Madrid (Madrid)

Manzanares el Real


Reserva de la Biosfera de la Cuenca Alta del Río Manzanares


Description

Just a few kilometres outside Madrid you'll find this surprising landscape of mountain peaks and plains with a multitude of Mediterranean species. One of its best-known areas is La Pedriza with its imposing granite crags, although you'll also see forests and pastures as you descend to the valley floor (at the Santillana Reservoir and Soto de Viñuelas). Along the course of the Manzanares river there are lovely galleries formed by willows, poplars, ash and birch. What animals can you find there? La Pedriza is home to an abundance of griffon vultures and peregrine falcons, while the forests teem with stags and fallow deer. What's on offer in the Biosphere Reserve? There are two environmental education centres (in Manzanares el Real and Las Dehesas in Cercedilla), trails with and without guides (the best place to go hiking is in the Fuenfría valley) and viewing points like the one on the Quebrantaherraduras ridge. And if you want to combine this with a little culture, you can visit the castle in Manzanares El Real or the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

  • Biosphere Reserve certification