La Pedriza

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La Pedriza
Pedriza Anterior.JPG
General view of La Pedriza.
Highest point
Coordinates 40°46′16″N 3°52′32″W / 40.77111°N 3.87556°W / 40.77111; -3.87556Coordinates: 40°46′16″N 3°52′32″W / 40.77111°N 3.87556°W / 40.77111; -3.87556
La Pedriza is located in Spain
La Pedriza
La Pedriza
Location in Spain
Location Spain
Parent range Guadarrama mountain range

La Pedriza is a geological feature on the southern slopes of the Guadarrama mountain range of great scenic and leisure interest. Access is from Manzanares el Real, a municipality in the northwest of the Community of Madrid (Spain). Geological forces have created a remarkable boulder field of strangely eroded granitic outcrops, and nearly a thousand rock climbing routes of all difficulties are available to rock climbers. Hiking is also popular in La Pedriza, especially on weekends.

It is one of the largest granitic ranges of Europe and holds numerous peaks, rocky cliffs, streams and meadows. The 32 square kilometres occupied by La Pedriza lies within the Regional Park of the high river basin of Manzanares, the largest park of the Community of Madrid. In this zone, vegetation is sparse, but there are Mediterranean shrubs like the rockrose, and alpine varieties like fabaceaes. The fauna is rich in birds of prey; the breeding colony of over 100 pairs of griffon vultures is the largest in the Madrid area.

This natural area has been the scene of some movie shootings such as El Cid,[1] The Fall of the Roman Empire,[1] or Conan the Barbarian.[2]

Restrictions In June 2016 new restrictions were introduced to protect the park. Swimming in the natural pools has been prohibited and there is a heavier restriction on access to the park. In the summer, until September 30, access to the carpark in Canto Cochino is restricted to 7.30-9.30am and 18.30-22.30 or until all spaces are filled (270). During June, July, August and September, no vehicle is permitted to be in the park overnight. From October 1 to May 31, entrance to the park is until 10.30am and after 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. There is no restriction on weekdays or exit restrictions.[3]

La Pedriza photos
Panoramic view of La Pedriza. 
Los Fantasmas ("The Ghosts"), highest peak in la Pedriza Anterior 
Winter view of La Pedriza's peaks.