Hike Through Madrid's Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
Duration: 6 hours Easy Must-see
Why we love this tour
Explore the rich mountains of Spanish landscapes. The incredible biodiversity of Madrid's national park is hiking at its best.
- Roam the mountains of Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
- See the Peñalara summit, the mountains' highest peak
- Witness exceptional biodiversity
- Beautiful views of forests, lagoons, and meadows
Minimally affected by human activity, these mountains are a breathtaking refuge for biodiversity. 1,200 animal species, more than 1,500 native plants, lagoons with glacier origins, alpine meadows, pine forests...there's no limit to where the countless paths of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park will lead you.
From your hotel or agreed meeting point in the city, our guide drives you to the park. The drive itself exposes beautiful views of Madrid and takes less than an hour. Once we've arrived, we establish the difficulty level of our hike. Depending on you and other participants, we agree on speed and destinations. We usually cover 15-20 km (9-12.5 miles), but we can always move a bit slower for beginners. You are also offered trekking sticks, to make things a bit easier when needed.
Thanks to the cooler, more humid conditions of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, an array of ecosystems coexist and include 13 endangered species. We explore impressive rocky terrains, alpine meadows, and forests. The many plant landscapes are formed by unique forests of scot pine, the lifespan of which is normally 150–300 years!
Standing at a height of 2,430 m (7,960 ft), the Peñalara summit (the range's highest peak) provides a beautiful backdrop to our walk. It continues northeast, towards the Puerto de Navafría, linking with a mountain range that begins in the Port of Navacerrada and ends in La Morcuera, and extends to the limit of the Natural Park.
After four to five hours of hiking and breathing in the fresh mountain air, we are transported back to the city and given photos of our adventure. This hike is for the true nature lovers; even if you've hiked dozens of times, you've never seen anything like the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.
Need to know before you go
We normally start the tour between 8:00-10:00 a.m. but are open to a start time of your preference. The hiking time is typically 4 hours (with short breaks in-between), but we will happily hike longer if you decide to keep going.
Minimum number per group is 1, maximum is 13. We can accommodate up to 60 people with multiple guides. For large bookings, please contact us.
For private tours (choose the time, destination, difficulty level etc.), please contact us.
The minimum age for this tour is 6.
What to bring: Hiking shoes, water/drink, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, windproof jacket, and anything else you prefer bringing on your hikes.
No previous experience with hiking is required. However, please consider your fitness level before booking.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation voucher.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement. There is no reimbursement for later cancellations.
In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Pickup at hotel or the agreed-upon location.
Provided byMadrid Outdoor Sports
Reviews for this provider
19 Jun 2019
We had a fantastic time on the trip! Gabriel provided very clear instructions and our guide, Charlie, was great. He is an expert in canyoning and made sure that our whole family had fun (wife, daughter (13), son (16), and me). This trip will provide memories that we’ll keep forever!
7 Dec 2018
The ballon flight was a fantastic experience which we thoroughly enjoyed.The tranpotation arrangements from Madrid were excellent. The staff was very ooperative and we enjoyed Daniel's (the pilot) explanations. One recommendation - please supply the participants with a helmet for the landing. Thank you Yaakov Straus
20 Oct 2018
We had a lovely tour. Our guide was knowledgeable about Madrid and we saw some interesting places. He also gave us tips on other places to visit on our stay. We went places we wouldn’t have seen so would definitely recommend.
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