The municipality of El Espinar is configured along an extensive valley located on the northern slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama, in the transition between the Central System and the Castilian Plateau.
The origin of El Espinar dates back to the time of Roman colonization, with remains of mills, bridges and stretches of road, however, takes its first legal rights and title of Villa in 1297 with its Carta Puebla and its period of greatest boom during the s. XVI and XVII closely linked to La Mesta. The municipality is now part of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and the Biosphere Reserve
What to see
Church of San Eutropio
Church built in granite Herrerian style of s. XVI, has a twill, masterpiece of Sánchez Coello. The altarpiece, executed by Francisco Giralte, is considered the best in the province, as well as its baroque organ made of pine wood.
Tower of the Stork
Remains of the old sawmill built in 1901. Its end is always crowned by a nest of storks, "bird consort" of the municipality of the Station of El Espinar.
Hermitage of Stmo. Cristo del Caloco
Raised on the remains of the first Romanesque buildings of the s. XI and XII. Ctra. N-VI, Km. 68.
Hermitage of San Juan Bautista
Located in the current cemetery; only the apse of the primitive church, of Gothic traces and s. XIII to XIV.
Hermitage of the Virgen de la Soledad
Of Gothic style, it conserves an extraordinary coffered ceiling as well as several wood carvings. Ruins of the Convent of Santa Isabel Built near the church of San Eutropio in the s. XVI, today only the ruins of a Mudejar architectural ensemble and the Baroque church that housed inside.
Hermitage of the Virgen del Carmen
In the town of San Rafael, built in 1916, it is a "coquette" hermitage located in an enclave of great scenic beauty.
Ruins of the Palace of the Marqués de Perales
Old building that reflects the importance of the shearing of Merino sheep in the s. XVII and XVIII and the transumancia in these lands. Nowadays, its magnificent noble shields are preserved. Excellent group of villas and hotels From the end of the s. XIX and early s. XX, built by the first residents of the municipality, are the best proof of the "summer" splendor of the town of San Rafael.
Put on your boots
As part of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and the Biosphere Reserve, the municipality has many roads, trails, routes or roads that can be reported in the tourism office or on the municipal website.
March of the Three Summits
Medium difficulty. Duration 5 h. Líjar Head, Salamanca, Valiente Cave. Organized the third weekend of August.
Peña La Casa - Las Barrancas
Low difficulty Duration 1 h.
Route "Water Roads"
Low difficulty Duration 2 h and 30 minutes.
Way of "The Engineer"
Low difficulty Duration 1 and 15 minutes on foot.
Route of the Archpriest
Medium-low difficulty. Duration 3 has standing.
Organized the last week of August.
Route of the Gabarreros
Low average difficulty. Duration 4 h.
Route of the "Estraperlo"
Low average difficulty. Duration 4 h.
- Peñón de Juan Plaza, Climb to Cueva Valiente, Cord of the Bells, The Dead Woman, Queen Head, Three Provinces, La Dehesa, Mirador de las Aves / Campo Azálvaro.
One of the characteristics that defines the municipality are the countless festivals and cultural events throughout the year, accompanied by a first level program of the G. Menéndez Pidal Auditorium.
Cavalcade of Kings / Festivity of San Antón.
Festivity of Santa Águeda.
Festival of the Gabarreros, declared of Regional Tourist Interest, with gastronomic days, parades, cutting of trunks, regional dances, gastronomic contest, extraordinary concert of the Municipal Band, etc.
Festivity of San Eutropio, patron of El Espinar / Cultural Week of El Espinar.
Cultural Week of El Espinar / Spring Tapas Competition.
FEMUKA. Street Music Festival. Last weekend of June: El Espinar Station / The night of San Juan: El Espinar / San Antonio Festival: El Espinar Station.
San Antonio Festival: El Espinar Station.
Open Castilla y León Villa de El Espinar (July-August): El Espinar Station / Cultural Summer. Fiestas in Los Angeles de San Rafael. Fiestas del Carmen: El Espinar Station / Summer Parties. Concerts Municipal Band of Music. Oral Storytellers Festival. Pilgrimage of the Virgen del Carmen: San Rafael. Verbenas.
Concert of the Teas: El Espinar / Craft Fair: San Rafael / Fiestas de la Virgen and San Roque: El Espinar / Rapid Painting Competition: San Rafael / March Three Summits, March of the Archpriest. Verbenas and bullfighting events: El Espinar.
And also, for the little ones ... golf school, tennis school, soccer school, paddle tennis, municipal swimming pools, workshops, etc.
Festivities of the Santísimo Cristo del Caloco, quintos, charangas, bullfights, verbenas, baile del Teo, pilgrimage in the hermitage of Cristo del Caloco declared of Regional Tourist Interest: El Espinar. Popular Race: El Espinar.
Festival of San Rafael Arcángel: San Rafael.
Horse Fair (First weekend): El Espinar. Festivity of the Virgen del Pilar.
Feast of "All Saints". Festivity and concert of Santa Cecilia: El Espinar. Autumn Tapas Contest.
Extensive activity in the G. Menéndez Pidal Auditorium Theater and great Christmas cultural offer in all nuclei.
The municipality of El Espinar has become a perfect setting for films, advertisements, short films and series. Its proximity to Madrid and its breathtaking landscapes make its forests the best set for any film. Films like Marcelino Pan y Vino, Bicycles are for summer or the Oscar-winning Laberinto del Fauno, or series like Under Suspicion, Vis a Vis or Luna, the mystery of Calenda, have been shot for the enjoyment of everyone in their pine forests.
It is based on the typical dishes of traditional Castilian cuisine, hearty, strong and rich dishes; suckling pig, oxtail, lamb, trout from our mountain rivers, appetizing desserts such as: fried milk, rice pudding, buns of Christ. It is necessary to emphasize for its gastronomic interest the time of harvesting of mushrooms, the gastronomic days of the Gabarreros and the contests of tapas