A beautiful natural park high in the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains an hour north of Madrid, Peñalara is known for being some of the best hiking within a day trip of the Spanish capital. Most directly reached via the M-607, the park is perhaps best known for its six peaks over 2000 m (about 6,500 feet) high, the tallest of which is Peñalara Peak. This particular trail can be traversed in a day's time, leading you from the park office on a dirt route that skirts the glacial Laguna Grande de Penalara en route to a spectacular, sometimes snow-capped summit.
There are a number of other paths that diverge from the popular Peñalara, including Dos Hermanas peak, which can be somewhat tough to undertake in winter conditions for anyone without some serious hiking prowess. The easiest access point for this enticing and conveniently located natural area is via Puerto de los Cotos, where parking is available and you can pick up a map of the trails at the park tourist center. For anything else, just check out our links, then go spend a day exploring some fantastic Spanish scenery just outside of Madrid.