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This town does not mind being the most remote in the Community of Madrid.
Nor is it, with only about
50 registered residents
, one of the most depopulated in the region.
Much less its cold atmosphere, especially from these dates.
Nestled in the
, La Hiruela is one of the half dozen municipalities that make up the Sierra del Rincón commonwealth.
We are in the furthest corner of the Sierra Norte de Madrid, formerly known by the name of
the Sierra Pobre
which has now disappeared .
This portion of the Madrid region does not stand out for being especially rich compared to others that are nearby.
However, it is true that it has become one of the
mainstays of tourism
in the community.
Among the main reasons, the locality and tranquility of its charming farmhouses
stand out above all
, in addition to how well preserved its abundant nature is.
View of the surrounding valleys and mountains.SHUTTERSTOCK
In order to reach our town, we must give that nature a pulse, which shows its wild character in
the port of La Hiruela,
a pass close to 1,500 meters high that must be climbed up its slope of the Lozoya river basin and down the side opposite, that of
All these landscapes are integrated into the so-called
Sierra del Rincón
Biosphere Reserve , declared as such by Unesco in 2005.
Stone and slate walls
Set apart by that geography that some winters leaves it completely isolated, La Hiruela preserves its popular architecture with a health that is difficult to find
in other Madrid towns
The hamlet is a rigorous catalog of the construction of this part of the
Robust stone and slate walls, in which small windows open.
Wood beams, doors, balconies, loading bays and other elements, with discreet adobe finishes.
All seasoned with
in the natural color of brick, to offer the buildings a short and resistant air.
The nature of the surroundings of La Hiruela.SHUTTERSTOCK
parish of San Miguel Arcángel
stands in the center of the town, where the pylon that once supplied water to the town is preserved.
La Hiruela has an
Nestled in a 17th century house, its interior houses tools, household utensils, clothing and other elements that, together with a set of old photographs, explain what life was like in the region.
Sierra del Rincón
is a recurring destination for mountain walkers and mountain bikers.
They practice their hobbies on the extensive network of trails and tracks used for centuries and today perfectly marked out.
Three routes are noteworthy: Los
, Los Oficios and the
Senda de la Fuente del Lugar
All are accessible due to their short length and the absence of difficulties.
Dining room of the restaurant El Hayedo.
Another of the strengths of the area is its forceful mountain gastronomy focused on livestock and land products from its valleys, mountains and countryside such as
honey, cheeses, oil and meats
The key is in a traditional way of cooking marked by ancestral knowledge.
In this sense, dishes such as onion blood sausage, white beans with ears,
, migas, chicken in pepitoria or
old-fashioned stewed boar
stand out .
As for sweets, you should not miss trying the area's shortbreads, made with oil, lard, cinnamon, orange zest, aniseed, wine and sugar.
A good place to taste all these gastronomic treasures -even if you have to travel about six kilometers from La Hiruela- is the El Hayedo inn, located in
Montejo de la Sierra.
It is a cozy and quiet restaurant, where good cuisine is guaranteed.
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