Madrid: Hiking Activity Holiday
Spain's buzzing capital
To the north of Madrid is the Sierra de Guadarrama (sierra is a mountain range) which is almost 2.500 meters (8.200 ft) at its highest point. The Sierra is a Mecca for walkers, hikers and climbers, with lots of marked routes offering varying challenges and terrain should you want to enjoy a walking holiday in Madrid. Helpful information and maps can be bought at many of the map shops in the city and are all clear and easily understandable and show some great routes for hiking in Madrid. A special branch of the Cercanías trains (line number C9) goes to a few of the mountain villages, travelling from Cercedilla to Cotos. Many of the stops along the way are ideal places from which to get off and to begin a day's hiking in gorgeous surroundings.