December 6 2022

Buitrago del Lozoya: medieval atmosphere in the Community of Madrid

Discover Buitrago del Lozoya, a medieval jewel 75 km from the city. It is considered one of the most charming villages in the Madrid Region. Get ready to immerse yourself in culture and enjoy nature at the same time.

Along with five other tourist towns in the Community of Madrid, Buitrago del Lozoya is part of the Villas de Madrid tourism promotion programme. Discover them and enjoy immediate promotions and discounts at participating tourist establishments. What are you waiting for to visit the Villas de Madrid?

Buitrago del Lozoya takes you on a journey back to the Middle Ages, immersed in the peaceful beauty of the Lozoya Valley, a river that flows at the foot of its walled enclosure.

This town has it all: gastronomy, nature and history, that can be explored along the 800 metres of walls that surround its beautiful historic quarter. And there’s another surprise: the Picasso Museum-Eugenio Arias Collection, with more than 60 works that the brilliant artist bequeathed to his hairdresser.


In the valley of the Lozoya River, Buitrago stands on a promontory, surrounded by the Lozoya River, that gives it part of its name. It is a natural barrier for a town located right under the Somosierra mountain port, about 75 km north of the city of Madrid.

It is well known for its medieval walls, both Muslim and Castilian and Christian, which surround its historic centre, which are surrounded by the river Lozoya. The Castle or Alcázar, together with the Church of Santa María del Castillo, the Clock Tower and its wall give a medieval air to this municipality, which boasts such an active cultural agenda that has proposals for all seasons.

Buitrago del Lozoya is one of the most picturesque municipalities in the Community of Madrid. Because of its well-preserved walled enclosure, surrounded by the river from which it takes its name, it was chosen to represent the region in a competition organised by the Repsol Guide, in which 17 tourist municipalities competed (one for each autonomous community) to win the title of Best Place 2015.

This town was declared a Historic-Artistic Site and an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1993, thanks to its spectacular walled enclosure of Arab origin, the best preserved in the Community of Madrid.

The Picasso Museum is another must-see. The collection of more than 60 works by Picasso housed in the Museum was donated by Eugenio Arias to the Villa de Buitrago, and later enlarged by the Community of Madrid. You can enjoy there drawings, lithographs and ceramics made between 1950 and 1965, given by the brilliant artist from Malaga to his barber and friend.

The beauty of its landscape goes hand in hand with the quality of its natural products. T-bone steaks and beans with black pudding are delicacies prepared over a slow fire.

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