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Hiking route El Escorial – Zarzalejo, through los Ermitaños

Step into the famous forest of La Herrería and its guardians, los Ermitaños, in this fantastic hiking route around San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Observe the mesmerizing monastery from where, according to the legend, Felipe II used to sit to watch how the building construction was progressing. Spot from la Machota Baja the Abantos mountain and all the mountain range of Madrid, as well as the foothills of Gredos. Continue through the ancient roads till reaching Lagunas de Castrejón, the small seasonal lakes where, if we are lucky, we will be able to witness the beautiful migratory birds. We will arrive at Zarzalejo Station before 17:00 pm to take the train at 17:20 pm.

Technical information:
Distance: 10 km
Slope: 500 m ascent and 400 m descent
Approximate time (with stops): 6 h
Difficulty: Technically easy and Intermediate fitness


  • Price: €20 per person (including taxes)
  • Activities available in the following languages: Spanish.English
  • Place: San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)
  • Duration: 6 Hours
  • Date available from: 31/07/2017
  • Date available to: 31/12/2019
  • Category of the activity: Nature. Hiking
  • Who is it for?: LGBT. Adults without children. Young people
  • Organising company: Nattule

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