Becerril de la Sierra is located in an
exceptional natural enclave, at the foot of Navacerrada Pass (Puerto de
Navacerrada) (1.858 m) and La Maliciosa peak (2.227 m.), forming one of the
most picturesque valleys in the Sierra de Guadarrama. The climate is
continental, characterized by cold winters and warm summers. The Vegetation of
Becerril de la Sierra is exceptionally rich, characterized by an abundance of
oaks and junipers, and evergreen trees in the lower areas, which are resistant
to harsh weather conditions.
As you go up in altitude, you´ll see more Pyrenean
Oaks that give an astonishing and wonderful color range in autumn. At higher
altitude, you can find pine forest and small bushes such as broom and heather creeping
Around the reservoirs of Navacerrada and La
Maliciosa, and in the vicinity of rivers and streams, a gallery forest appears
with willows, poplars and ash trees. Regarding fauna, there are plenty of large
raptors such as black vultures and golden eagles, small birds like azure-winged
Magpies and greenfinches, and also amphibians and reptiles like southern
marbled nets and Iberian emerald lizards whose preservation is in our hands.
THE WATER DISTRICT
Becerril de la Sierra is located in the region
of Sierra de Guadarrama-Alto Manzanares, in the northwestern of Madrid
province, and formed by thirteen municipalities. In our region we can find some
traces of the distant past,such as Roman roads and bridges, Muslim mosques,
medieval castles, churches and hermitages, centennial mills and majestic
fountains with historic remains.
The imprint of this historic legacy remains in
the traditions and customs, crafts, folklore and culinary culture of our
people, who have lived for centuries in harmony with the mountains around us.
This region has a characteristic element: The Water. The water from the
highlands meanders down through the mountainsides to form rivers, two of them
are emblematic: The Guadarrama and the Manzanares.
The region of Sierra de Guadarrama-Alto
Manzanares extends from the summits of the Sierra de Guadarrama in the North to
the slopes that move smoothly to the Tajo River depression. It is a beautiful
landscape, which is worth discovering and where it is always snowy on the
mountain peaks. Also,there are mountains with pines from ancient times, meadows
in the foothills of the mountains where cattle graze peacefully, the Seven
Peaks (SietePicos), the Valley of “Fuenfria”, and our emblematic Pedriza de
If you want to fully enjoy all these routes,
follow these simple recommendations:
careful and respect stones, plants and animals. Do not collect.
a garbage bag in your backpack to keep your rubbish.
on the paths.
a water container fully filled with water. Not all the routes have water
information about weather forecast, the weather could change suddenly,
especially in mountainous areas.
your mobile phone fully charged and let people know which route you intend to
your route quietly and do not disturb animals and other hikers.
on the left side of the road to see and be seen by the cars.
And remember; leave only footsteps, take only
Whatever your choice, we hope that you enjoy
your journey to Becerril de la Sierra and its wonderful environment.