It happens to us all when we visit a city as big, as full, as cosmopolitan and as alive as Madrid, we usually think about the main points of interest for tourists and the recommendations of friends and neighbours, completely ignoring due to lack of time or by their remoteness – really striking and interesting places that – although not so touristy – offer us another side to the destination we are visiting.
One of these places that can show us a totally different side to the city of Madrid (and the community as a whole) is the beech forest of Montejo. This beech forest of almost three hundred hectares is located in the north of the province and bordering Jarama and neighbouring Guadalajara. So if you decide to visit it during your travels around the capital and you have taken as a starting point some of our hotels in Madrid – such as Petit Palace Alcala, Petit Palace Art Gallery or Petit Palace Opera – don’t forget to keep some time for the expedition since it will take you several hours to reach the place we mentioned.
More than all the good given to us by a walk outdoors through a place like the one today that Petit Palace suggest to you, the view of the Montejo plantation is ideal for all those who want to enjoy a day in the country as a couple or with friends or family for a healthy hiking session. If you prefer trail running you are in luck because the place has many perfect parts in which to practice this sport.
A unique environment of its kind
In the seventies (in 1974, in particular), Montejo beech was declared a Site of National Interest for both its many species and for its size and shape and although it is usually thought to maintain the same temperature as the rest of natural areas of the northern part of the province, the truth is that the Montejo is a beech forest with a microclimate and has some peculiarities. This is because there are many areas where sunlight does not penetrate.
This fact, besides giving us cooler and wetter temperatures than normal, we also get an abundance of unique vegetation in this area that is rarely seen in our country.
In addition to these lesser-seen plant species there are also many other more well-known species (such as birch, hazelnut or heather) – the area can also boast being home to many exceptional inhabitants such as wildcat, woodpeckers, eagles, otters and badgers, among many (many) others.