September 19 2021

Hayedo de Montejo: a beautiful route that you cannot miss

The southernmost beech forest in Europe is a Natural World Heritage Site. Its autumnal colors delight visitors. Not only in autumn is a site to visit: it is wonderful in any season of the year, and it also has many other attractions that you cannot miss.

The Hayedo de Montejo, one of the most unique forests in the region. A true wonder that was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2017. It is a unique space that had already been declared a Natural Site of National Interest in 1974. It is part of a joint tender of European Beech trees.

The landscape and ecological diversity of this space have made it a true ‘natural laboratory’, capable of anticipating the effects of climate change. It has a comprehensive research program that includes two forest inventories, which were carried out in 1994 and 2005.

Through the monitoring of more than 1,400 trees, as well as the climate through meteorological stations, it has been possible to know first-hand the evolution of this space in recent years.

Located at the foot of the Sierra de Ayllón, this unique space is an old pasture of beech and white oak. It is the first natural space in the region to receive this distinction, a deserved recognition of the work carried out during these years by the Community of Madrid.

After its declaration as a Natural Site of National Interest in 1974, visits to the forest increased greatly, which forced the creation of an Environmental Education Program, which includes guided tours and the enhancement of the natural wealth of the environment, the uniqueness and fragility of the Hayedo and the whole of the Sierra del Rincón Biosphere Reserve.

Visits to Hayedo de Montejo are always guided by environmental educators, and it´s free. Although the best time to visit it is autumn, during the summer months it seems the perfect plan to enjoy being in contact with nature, in a place of singular beauty where the human footprint is not so evident.

All year round it is perfect to enjoy it: Find out!

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