Manzanares el Real

Santillana Reservoir


Manzanares el Real is a 9,400-inhabitant town in the Northwestern area of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. 

It is located at the foot of La Pedriza, a part of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and next to the Santillana reservoir. 

The municipality hosts various historic points of interest: Mendoza’s Castle, one of the best-preserved mediaeval fortresses in Spain, the Old Castle (Castillo Viejo), the Cañada Real Bridge, the first paper factory in Spain and the Museum Ethnological and Archaeological are some examples. 

Manzanares El Real is one of the largest municipalities in the Community of Madrid, and more than half of the territory is nature in its purest state. It has such a varied orography and so many paths and possibilities, that there is a wide range of activities to do at any given moment (especially hiking, running and climbing).

It is located only 42 km from the Spanish capital Madrid.


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