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48km (32 miles) N to NW of Madrid

Located near the source of the Manzanares River, this charming little town is well worth the trip for two very good reasons: first and foremost, to see its famous medieval castle, best-preserved in the entire province of Madrid; second, to explore the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares national park, whose astonishing Pedriza rock formations provide a fairy-tale backdrop to the town and the castle and are an ideal location for walking and picnicking.