Madrid: Monte Abantos

Hello! Welcome to our route through the “unknown Abantos”. Mount Abantos and its surroundings deserve without a doubt a few outings to learn more about its history and natural environment. A mountain that for centuries has served as a resource for humans.
Its biodiversity includes a large number of species of fauna and flora.

During our tour we will see old constructions for the water supply of the Monastery of El Escorial, taking advantage of the natural ramps of Abantos. We will walk along an old
aqueduct from the 18th century. We will go up to the viewpoint of Los Alerces, one of the most beautiful nature walks you can find in the Community of Madrid. We will visit the Cross of Rubens – the real one – where the Dutch painter made his painting of El Escorial, now lost. We will even see an old snow well!

All this surrounded by the unique beauty that this part of the Sierra de Guadarrama offers us, already in the foothills of the area of Malagón.

We remind you, however, that we are in one of the nine protected areas of the Community of Madrid: the Paraje Pintoresco de Abantos y Zona de la Herrería.


60.89 Miles

elevation gain

0.329 Miles


4h 30m

trail type




Detail of the route

The slope in some sections is somewhat demanding. We will make several explanatory stops along the way. One of them will be 25 minutes to have a snack and regain strength.

There are some stretches of forest road, we will always go on the left margin and taking all the necessary measures.

Important Information

We are in a mountainous area, so the use of appropriate footwear for the terrain (hiking or mountain shoes-boots) is mandatory. It is also necessary to carry at least a liter and a half of water or other valid hydration, there are no fountains during the experiences. Warm clothing and a raincoat is recommended. Do not forget to bring sunscreen and a hat. It is advisable to carry some food in your backpack: fruit, nuts, chocolate… whatever you need to replenish your strength at any given moment.

Some of our activities in Madrid can be combined with each other. For more information, please contact us.

Meeting point

Parking El Escorial Monte Abantos.. Arroyo del Romeral, 28200, San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

*We remind you that depending on the state of the restrictions due to COVID-19 it will be necessary to wear a mask.

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