Barranco Virgen de la Hoz (Parque Natural del Alto Tajo) in Guadalajara

No plans for the weekend? Here’s a great alternative to barhopping it up in Madrid. Last Sunday, my friends and I decided to discover other natural beauties of Spain; get out of the city and smell some fresh air. So we drove to the province of Guadalajara to visit what our friend, Carlos, describes as “the mini Grand Canyon of Spain”.  P1000935 Just a few hours drive east of Madrid lies one of the country’s most beautiful natural parks, the Alto Tajo. Inside this park, you’ll witness nature’s grandeur, the orange and red cliffs of Barranco Virgen de la Hoz. Views from the top of these cliffs make you feel as though you’ve been transported to Arizona. P1000942With 270 handmade stone steps ahead of us, our non-athletic friends got worried. But as we walked up, we arrived at a series of “miradores” (lookout points) where we could rest, and take in the views; totally worth it. As we looked down, we could see the side streams of the Río Gallo (river) winding below the majestic Barranco Virgen de la Hoz‘s burnt-orange-colored cliffs.

P1000967 What I liked most about Barranco Virgen de la Hoz is that you don’t have to be a professional alpinist to make it all the way up. So there are no excuses to enjoy a really nice journey to the top. P1000949 20140323_111217   Naked Madrid Along the path, the views get better and better. P1000977 20140323_110910 Finally, after about an hour’s climb, we reached our destination. Naked MadridSmile! Naked Madrid Oh well, time to go back to reality. Good bye Barranco Virgen de la Hoz, hope to see you again soon…

Naked MadridBefore we headed back to Madrid, we went to the breathtaking Monasterio de Piedra, where we saw hundreds of waterfalls. We could call it Spain’s “mini Niagara Falls“. More about that later…

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12 Comments

  • March 28, 2014

    kelseyohleger

    Wow, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! And do you know if it’s accessible by train?

  • March 28, 2014

    kelseyohleger

    Wow, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! And do you know if it’s accessible by train?

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  • May 7, 2014

    buzzlightyear182

    Is it possible to do a day trip from Madrid to here? Was thinking bus to Molina de Aragon? Any suggestions? :)

  • May 7, 2014

    buzzlightyear182

    Is it possible to do a day trip from Madrid to here? Was thinking bus to Molina de Aragon? Any suggestions? :)

    • May 9, 2014

      James Leahu

      Last time I went by car, so I’m not really sure how the buses work or if that’s a good option… However, here’s a link with some useful info (Buses a Molina!).. I was also thinking of planning some day-trips there in the future. But it is just an idea. Please let me know if you would be interested! Enjoy the day!

  • October 11, 2014

    Selina

    hey!
    I really would love to do that daytrip. Did you start the walking up in guadalajara or where?