Introduction || History || Traditions || Traditional Architecture || Wild Life || Salmoral Lake || Guided Nature Rambles || Country Cottages || Eat and Drink || Other Facilities || Information

The colour of the Mountains
"Active Tourism and Leisure-Environmental Education"


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Introduction

Prádena del Rincón is a small mountainside village, set against the matchless natural backdrop of the Sierra Norte range to the north of Madrid.


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History

The town's origins apparently hark back to cattle herding (seasonal migrations to the upland pastures) in the times when the Moors were ousted from Spain (a period in the 11 th century Known as "La Reconquista"). Its name, "Prádena", is taken from the large expanses of meadowland in the area ("pradera", meadow).


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Traditions

Prádena is rich in tradition and custom. Some typical examples of its cultural heritage are:

The folk groups that dance the time-honoured "jota" and "rondalla" to expert accompaniment on guitar and lute-like "bandurria"; the "hornazo", a festive day when all the villagers gather; carnival, marked by the running of a heifer and colourfully clad buffoons ("botargas"), sporting bells at the waist and wielding a club; the July fiesta held in honour of the town's Patron Saint, Our Lady of Carmen; the traditional winter butchering of a pig.


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Traditional Architecture

Outstanding examples of local architecture include the stunning Romanesque-Mudejar style parish church of Santo Domingo de Silos (St. Dominic's) built on a Romanesque ground plan, probably in the early years of the area's repopulation. Thanks to ongoing conservation efforts, traditional buildings in the town centre are in an excellently preserved state. Other typical sights include the wood-fired oven, shoeing frame, old mill, troughs, cattle sheds, etc.


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Wild Life

A fascinating natural environment. Ranging from the spectacular oak forest of Pyrenean or Black Oak to the delicate holly tree. From the soaring majesty of the golden eagle to the fox's bright inquisitive stare.

Come along and join us, and see it all!


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Salmoral Lake

A 20,000-sq. m. area of interest to nature lovers, purpose-designed to provide easy barrier-free access for the blind and handicapped. Features include an outdoor geological museum, an arboretum boasting the most representative local vegetation, and a bird and amphibian observatory.

An exceptional setting to foster Environmental Education!!


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Guided Nature Rambles

We offer you 6 free walks:

By River and Mill:

A quiet riverside stroll along the cool banks of the Garita, including a visit to the old mill.

  • Distance: 1'5 Km.
  • Approx. time: 45 min.

Hills and Vales:

A route that winds between orchards and poplar groves to give magificient views of the town's surroundings.

  • Distance: 1 Km.
  • Approx. time: 30 min.

The Cañada of the Merinas Route:

(cañada; ancient cattle drover's trail): Running along the lower slopes of the Prádena Hills, the path traverses meadow and pasture, and fords streams and river bottoms.

  • Distance: 9'5 Km.
  • Approx. time: 3 hrs.

Skirting the Village:

An interesting walk to a splendid Pyrenean Oak wood affords visitors the chance to put their knowledge of the evolution of the local hill country to the test.

  • Distance: 4 Km.
  • Approx. time: 2 hrs.

Peña del Cuervo:

A breathtaking ascent of Pradena's highest hilltops, only for the most adventurous.

  • Distance: 15 Km.
  • Approx. time: 6 hrs.

The Water Route:

From spring to garden and orchard, we trace the water cycle and discover the different uses to which water has been put over the centuries.

  • Distance: 10 km.
  • Approx. time: 5 hrs.

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Country Cottages

Sufficient lodging is available for up to 42 guests in cosy country-cottage-style accommodation, along with all the necessary modern conveniences to ensure a pleasant stay.

Form of payment: by bank transfer.

Prices 2002 (Pesetas/Euros) 

Price

Weekend

Night

Week

15 days

3 working days

Additional

2
people

120
(19.966 PTAS.)

80
(13.311 PTAS.)

300
(49.916 PTAS.)

500
(83.193 PTAS.)

110
(18.302 PTAS.)

40
(6.655 PTAS.)

4
people

165
(27.454 PTAS.)

90
(14.975 PTAS.)

335
(57.739 PTAS.)

600
(99.831 PTAS.)

135
(22.462 PTAS.)

45

(7.487 PTAS.)

6
people

195
(32.445 PTAS.)

110
(18.302 PTAS.)

425

(70.714 PTAS.)

695
(115.638 PTAS.)

155
(25.956 PTAS.)

55
(9.151 PTAS.)

 


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Eat and drink

 

Bar el Rincón

C/ Real, 8
A wide selection of "tapas" and snacks of all kinds.

Bar Trébol

C/ Rosario, 8.
(Open weekends only)


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Other Facilities

Youth Centre

Senior Citizens' Centre

Municipal Sports Centre


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Information

Ayuntamiento de Prádena del Rincón

Telf./Fax.: 34- 1- 869 71 08 /34-1 869 72 50

E-mail: info@pradenadelrincon.com

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