Despite being located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, in a continental Mediterranean climate, with long periods of severe drought, especially in summers, Sierra de Guadarrama also hosts a flora of more humid climates, typical of the Atlantic areas of Europe. These relict species (yew, birch, ash, maples, chestnut, holly, etc.) are naturally represented in the Fuenfría valley.
The route we propose will go deep into the valley and its scots pines in search of those plant treasures, testimonies of milder times with the flora of the north. We will discuss the characteristics of each species, its traditional uses, and its role in popular legends and mythology. Basically, we’ll talk about the importance of trees as protectors of life on the planet and their role in human cultures.