Manzanares El Real, Castle and La Pedriza

Manzanares El Real, Castle and La Pedriza

Manzanares El Real is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama, 50 kilometers away from Madrid, in the upper basin of the Manzanares River, immersed in nature and near the Regional Park “La Pedriza”.

The Castle of the Mendoza, also known as New Castle of Manzanares El Real, is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Spain.  It is a palace-fortress erected in the fifteenth century, near the dam in Manzanares el Real.

Arcaded inner courtyard inside the New Castle ...
Arcaded inner courtyard inside the New Castle of Manzanares el Real. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Works began in 1475 on a Romanesque-Mudejar style, as a residential palace of the House of Mendoza, in the vicinity of a primitive abandoned fortress.

The castle now houses a museum of Spanish castles, and is home to a collection of tapestries. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.

La Pedriza del Manzanares
La Pedriza del Manzanares

The entrance to La Pedriza, is very near to Manzanares and its Castle.  Not surprisingly, this park is included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and offers one of the most beautiful scenery in the Community of Madrid.  Visits to La Pedriza are really worth the short trip.  You can see it from the car, but much better to take a hike in the park.

Physical actions that have been exerted on these rocks for millions of years, have formed these attractive shapes.  Especially for climbers, as they have about a thousand climbing routes of all grades of difficulty.

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