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Mini 3 Winter in La Hiruela - Madrid: Snow in the Village and the Mountains


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Dec 15, 2021
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La Hiruela is strategically located on the northeastern edge of the Sierra Norte de Madrid, within the Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra del Rincón. This location places it between hills and steep terrain on the eastern slopes of the Sierra de Somosierra, in the basin of the Jarama River.

The natural environment of La Hiruela is truly impressive. The municipality is home to a remarkable diversity of vegetation, including a meadow of century-old oak trees, birch groves with holly and yew trees, as well as meadows and traditional orchards with an abundance of fruit trees. This natural wealth provides a perfect setting for outdoor activities and for the observation of native flora and fauna.

As for its history, although there is no concrete evidence about its origin, it is believed that La Hiruela was established after the Reconquest. Due to its isolated location, the village enjoyed certain autonomy and received the right of Villazgo, which implied certain privileges such as the possession of a roll or pillory. In addition, its cattle ranch obtained the rank of Royal due to its cattle raising importance.

In terms of architecture, La Hiruela is one of the best preserved villages in the Sierra Norte. Its urban fabric is simple but charming, with stone houses grouped in compact blocks that make their way through small streets and merge with orchards, meadows and fields.

La Hiruela's heritage is another highlight. The village has an ethnological museum and a flour mill, which offer a window into the traditional life of this charming town.

In terms of activities, La Hiruela offers a wide range of options for visitors. From electric mountain bike routes to interpreted routes through the villages of the Sierra del Rincón, to hiking days with nature photography and night sky observation, there is something for all tastes and preferences.

In short, La Hiruela is an ideal destination for those looking to connect with nature, explore local history and culture, and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities in a stunning natural setting.
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Another awesome video!
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Yes, it makes a nice change from the usual Spanish videos showing permanent heat and tourists.

I'm delighted you appreciate the different angle! My YouTube channel strives to showcase the diverse beauty of the country beyond the typical heat and tourist attractions. Thank you for noticing!

Copying/pasting the description of one of the videos on my YT Channel:

"If you think that sangria, paella, bullfighting, flamenco, sunshine, beaches and the siesta after lunch, are the most Spanish things there are, that these customs are national heritage and those are the only things Spain has to offer, this video is for you, as it will prove that you are quite wrong.

(And by the way, sangria is English, the word sangria comes from 'sangaree', a drink of the English living in the British West Indies and some other North American colonies back in the 17th century. Shhh...! let's keep it a secret).

Spain is the third country in the world with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a total of 47. The list includes places as diverse as the Alhambra in Granada, the buildings of Gaudí, the archaeological site of Mérida, the Altamira Caves, ... the Mudejar architecture of Aragón, Toledo, Segovia, Avila, ... the cathedral of Burgos or the Teide National Park.

Spain is the second country in the world with the most World Heritage Cities, the third in the number of natural areas declared Biosphere Reserves and the country with the most Blue Flag beaches in the entire Northern Hemisphere.

Probably the only challenge is choosing which place to visit, among so many idyllic spots scattered all over the country. Perhaps the video will help you!"
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