A walk in Hoyo de Manzanares

Publicado el 1 June 2011
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If you are in Madrid and want to take advantage of these warm days of spring you have to do a walk to Hoyo de Manzanares. Here you find not only full of magic landscapes but also the most exquisite of the typical gastronomy of Madrid, in the best environment.

Plaza Mayor-Hoyo de Manzanares

Only 37 miles northwest of Madrid, on the southern slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama is Hoyo de Manzanares, one of the best preserved environments because it is integrated in the Regional Park of the upper basin of Manzanares.

Arrive to Hoyo de Manzanares is quick and simple, the lines of bus 611 and 611A leave from the urban centre and the Moncloa interchange with frequencies of 10 minutes to 1 hour. If you are travelling in the car a good option is to take the A6 highway in La Coruña and then the exit 29.

But if you want to accept a suggestion, maybe is taking the M-607 by Colmenar Viejo and then the diversion of the 30-M-618 km, the journey is about 16 km and almost in its totality runs through the Park Road. A magnificent way of curves within the Park de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares.

Its location within the Park allows you to claim to be owner of a unique natural heritage, with an enormous variety of plant and animal species, also has a large cluster of ingrained traditions, churches and monuments.

The alcornocal is one of their biogenetic values more prominent, atypical in an area with similar climate and altitude, also has an enebral model and the pond of the Camorchos.

The upper basin of the River Manzanares Park

But we had ensured that Hoyo de Manzanares not only enables the direct contact with nature, but it also offers the possibility to savour an exquisite gastronomy. This is a people defined as “good eating” so there are many reasons for festivals involving gastronomy.

We can name The massacre which takes place in the Plaza Mayor where the butchering of the pig is. The gastronomic days are made for a whole week with a gastronomic offer of the participating bars and restaurants. The Day of the Tortilla, when locals eat together in the Park the Cabilda the Carnival Monday. The Fiesta of the stew that is celebrated the Day of the Virgen de la Encina and “De Tapas per hole”, one of the latest culinary initiatives of hole.

In Hoyo de Manzanares, a magnificent corner you find very close to Madrid to enjoy this spring.

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