Friday, April 04, 2008

It Was A Peñalara Kind Of Day

I don't know how the weather was yesterday in the rest of the country, but here in Madrid it was a perfect day for being in the mountains. Warm spring sunshine with (melting) snow and fantastic visibility. From the top of Peñalara we could clearly see Segovia city, the peaks of Gredos and those of the northern frontier of Guadarrama around Somosierra. It may be the highest point of Madrid but it's surprisingly accessible, take a train to Cercedilla, connect with the beautiful train ride up to the Puerto de Cotos and from there you can be on top of Peñalara in a little over 2 hours.

Peñalara and a frozen lagoon

Looking towards the Bola del Mundo and the Puerto de Navacerrada

The Cuerda Larga seen from Peñalara


Katie said...

gorgeous! qué envidia! have you done the cuerda larga? it's something i've been meaning to do.

Graeme said...

Yes, I've done the Cuerda Larga a couple of times. The path itself is not tremendously difficult but it is 17-18 km of walking from the Puerto de Navacerrada to the Puerto de la Morcuera. If you don't have a car waiting at the other end you have to add 5-6 km extra for getting down to Miraflores which can make for a long day. The views are great but I wouldn't recommend it in icy conditions or in high summer as there is no shade of any kind on this route. Spring or autumn seem to be the best times to do it.