I couldn’t believe it when I was told that Navacerrada is in Madrid – and covered in snow! It’s one place that I got to visit and see, I told myself. Later on, I realized that the place is found not in the city proper but already at its outskirts.
Serving as entry point to Sierra de Guadarrama’s Valle de la Barranca, Navacerrada is one of the more popular municipalities of Comunidad de Madid, being a known winter destination. Located at a high elevation, the 1,200-meter altitude is the reason for the long and extremely harsh, snowy condition during the cold months of the year.
Seldom do I experience a real winter holiday, and so my Navacerrada, Madrid trip last February 8, 201 was something truly worth remembering. Every moment there was just awesome, with almost everything covered in snow. The pictures here perfectly show the fun and excitement that I had, and the beauty of the place as well.
Planning to go there? Now is the perfect time to go on a holiday trip to this Madrid getaway, which is the peak of the winter season.
Here are a few tips and advice to consider:
1. No doubt about it – Navacerrada right now is one of the coldest spots, if not the coldest, in all of Spain. Hence, it’s a must that you are properly suited when visiting this unique municipality. Don’t forget your gloves, bonnet, thermal suit – any thick clothing that will serve as protection against the extreme cold.
I brought my thermal gloves but lost it on the way to Cuaro Camino, where our service bus waited. This meant keeping my hands inside my pant’s borsillos almost all the time I was there and ruing not being able to make snowballs.
2. The snow-filled mountains of Navacerrada have ski areas that you can enjoy. Did you forget to bring your ski implement? Or worse, you don’t know how to ski? Fret not. Ski shops around the area rent out ski equipment and gear. Ski lessons are even offered at competitive prices.
3. Make sure you have your camera with you. Navacerrada boasts of so many awesome and picturesque sights, all worth capturing for posterity.
How to go:
Metro and Autobus: Just take Line 3 of the Metro Station and get off at Moncloa. Outside the station is the Park, on the side of which, is where Buses 691 going to Navacerrada pass through.
Via tren: Go to Chamartin Station, and take the C-8b and C-9 RENFE train rides to the Puerto.
Flights to Navacerrada from Madrid Barajas airport are also available.