Just 90 minutes from Madrid is the Sierra del Rincón. A Madrid region composed of 5 locations, among which is La Hiruela. Place unknown to many and in love with it for so many others, if what you are looking for is to disconnect, walk and, above all, rest from the big city, this is your destiny. And no, this is not the Sierra de Guadarrama, so you will be guaranteed to be far from the massification that populates the said mountain range.
Houses el Bulin
Sierra del Rincón. La Hiruela
La Hiruela It is a picturesque town of only 70/80 inhabitants located in one of the areas of the Madrid's community With fewer inhabitants per square meter. In fact, it does not belong to the province of Guadalajarafor only 10 kilometers, which was curiously linked to it until 1834.
From the main road we have a single entrance with a small parking for visitors. Circulation within the town is reserved for residents, although given the small size of La Hiruela it will not be a big problem. A one-way circular street surrounds the town, passing through most of its points of interest, such as the Parish Church of Santiago Apóstol, the Town Hall and its main restaurants.
It is curious to see how such a small town has several restaurants (at least we saw three), free Wi-Fi, and a lot of rural houses, among which are El bulin. Eating here is a pleasure and as a recommendation I would not miss the bean of the place, impressive.
Another thing that caught our attention is to see that here cats are happy. We are used to seeing them run and flee before the human presence, but the opposite is happening here. They gather in packs and approach people as if nothing. Even they have a good quality of life!
From the same town and without having to travel by car, 4 hiking trails of low / medium difficulty leave and some more that are not officially marked. The routes are as follows:
- The Crafts of Life : 2.7km route that runs through the main points of interest of La Hiruela, such as the Colmenar, Carbonera and the flour mill.
- From mill to mill : 5km route, the longest of all, that visits the flour mills that populate the banks of the Jarama river.
- Path through the ages and the irrigation pile : 2.7km route with a fairly descriptive title of what you can find.
- Path of the source of the place : 1.5km route, the shortest of all, which will allow us to walk between hazelnuts, birches and cherry trees.
We can also approach a viewpoint that is located in the upper part of the town, near where the Ethnographic Museum is located. The views of the mountains and the town of Cardoso de la Sierra, already in Guadalajara, they are spectacular.
Sierra de Rincón
One of the routes we did was called “From mill to mill“, That in addition to mills we will see many more things. Going down a path that goes out on the right side of the church, we will enter the local farm fields, ending on the banks of the Jarama river. Those of us who know this river, very close to the capital, would not have imagined how clean it is in these parts, given that in Madrid the pollution has done a lot of damage in its channel.
A little later on he finds a Flour mill Made museum next to a picnic area and a large green esplanade. An ideal place to take out food and take a nap under a tree while listening to the sound of the river. What a relaxation ...
We continue advancing and cross a small wooden bridge, starting a small climb through the mountain skirt. We arrive at a viewpoint, which offers us views of the Flour Mill, but above all a beautiful apiary, already abandoned today. If you want to see it up close, there is a small path from the river that takes you directly to it.
We crossed a road and headed to Carbonera Trail, which, as the name implies, takes us to an old Carbonera. In it large amounts of firewood, leaves and some soil were introduced in order to get carbon. Its combustion took weeks, getting after this period a handmade coal. But beware, not all the wood that was introduced became mineral, only a fifth of it was transformed into coal.
If we continue the Carbonera Path we will find a landscape taken from a novel by Tolkien. Maples and ancient oaks populate this part of the mountain. The moss has sprouted in its wood and gives them a very beautiful color throughout the year, especially in spring.
Some are so old that they have seen many generations of La Hiruela. Today the inhabitants of the town complain that the mountain is a bit neglected, it does not mean that it is ugly, much less, but that today it is much wilder than before, since the grasslands are they have seen more reduced by decreasing the population and the rest of the work has been done by nature itself.
And here has come our visit to La Hiruela, now it's time to rest and enjoy the relaxing sound of nature.
Panoramic of the Sierra
Practical data of Hiruela
When to go to Hiruela?
Spring and Autumn is usually the best time to visit the area. In the first we will find fields full of green and very pleasant temperatures. In autumn, the mixture of colors makes it the time with more visitors, especially in the near Montejo Beech.
It is also an ideal place during the summer to escape the high temperatures of the big city and enjoy the many trails we can take. However, if what you like is snow, the Sierra del Rincón is neighbor of Sierras de Ayllón and Ocejón, whose mountains are covered with snow throughout the season.
How to get to Hiruela?
We leave Madrid towards Burgos on the A-1 motorway. At the height of Vulture of Lozoya we take detour 76 in the direction Gandullas. After this location we will reach Pradenas del Rincón, where we will find the signage to reach La Hiruela
Where to stay?
Our recommendation is to use one of the many rural houses that exist in La Hiruela, especially the Casas el Bulin.