The Region of Madrid has an endless number of natural landscapes and waterfalls to enjoy during the hottest months of the year. Heat waves are becoming more frequent and intense, so it is necessary that those who can not escape from the capital during the months when the heat is more intense, have cool leisure alternatives.
From Classifyed we propose eight waterfalls in Madrid so you can go with your friends or family and leave aside the suffocating heat of the capital.
Chorrera de los Litueros
Located in the Madrid municipality of Somosierra, the Chorrera de los Litueros is the highest waterfall in the province, with a waterfall that reaches a height of around 40 metres and, not surprisingly, cold temperatures.
Its waters come from the Caño stream and, after passing through this waterfall, the Duratón river is born. Those who want to visit this thundering waterfall can do so, from the capital, by taking the M-30 and the A-1 and following this route that tells you how to find this natural space.
In addition, as a curious fact, the ravine through which the water of the Litueros waterfall flows is the only one where canyoning is practised in Madrid.
Cascadas del Embalse del Pradillo
The waterfalls of the Pradillo Reservoir are characterised by almost crystalline waters and a magical and safe environment, ideal above all for families looking for plans for their children to enjoy and connect with nature.
These waterfalls are located on the outskirts of Rascafría, in the Lozoya Valley and very close to the Purgatorio waterfall, La Angostura Bridge and El Paular Monastery, so you can plan a full day trip to take advantage of the visit to this area.
Those who want to get to these resounding waterfalls located in the Peñalara natural park can start their route from the car park of the La Isla restaurant and follow the course of the Lozoya river until they reach this symmetrical waterfall. The route by car from Madrid can be consulted at this link.
La chorerra de Mojonavalle
This marvellous natural enclave is perfect for a family day out. It consists of some five kilometres of paths through vegetation until you reach this impressive thirty-metre waterfall that forms the source of the waters of the Arroyo del Sestil del Maíllo stream, which, however, does not involve too many complications to reach the place.
Located in Canencia, there are several ways to get there: the first option is by car, following this route. You can also get there by bus 725, which leaves from the Plaza Castilla interchange at 8.30am and stops at Bustarviejo. You can see the timetables here.
Cascada del Purgatorio
Among oak and birch trees is what ends up being the Cascada del Purgatorio: a beautiful waterfall that soaks the moss that rises among the different stones of this natural enclave and whose flow comes from the Aguilón stream.
In addition to this waterfall, which opens into two watercourses, hikers can enjoy the natural pools of Las Presillas, the Puente del Perdón bridge and the Monastery of Santa María de El Paular during their visit to this area located in Rascafría.
We recommend arriving at the car park of the Monastery of El Paular and starting the route from there, on the M-604 road, at km 27.5.
La Poza de Sócrates y las Cascadas de Guarramillas
These two paradisiacal waterfalls with a peculiar name can save a hot day in Madrid. There is no better plan than to take a short trip to this place, cool off a little, have a picnic or even take a nap in the shade of the trees, breathing in the fresh air.
Located in Puerto de Cotos, there are several ways to get there: firstly, if you prefer to go by car, take the A-6 towards Coruña to Villalba and then the M-601, which leads to Puerto de Navacerrada, near the Dos Castillas restaurant. It will be just there when, at a turn-off to the right, you take the C-604 and in just 6 km you will be at Puerto de Cotos.
If you do not have a car or you prefer the option of public transport so as not to pollute the enclave, there are also two options: by bus on line 691 from Moncloa or by train from Chamartín station to Cercedilla on the C-8B and once in Cercedilla, take line C9 to Puerto de Cotos.
La Cascada del Hervidero
The route called ‘Charco del Hervidero’ is characterised by having a fairly low level of difficulty so that the little ones don’t get tired, but even so it is full of things to see so that they don’t get bored. In fact it can be seen as a fun adventure as the path allows them to walk along the banks of the Guadalix river and then enter a majestic canyon formed by the river which ends in a double waterfall that is impressive to see.
It is located to the north of San Agustín de Guadalix, at exit 36 of the A-1 towards Burgos.
La Cascada del Cancho
This route is perfect for hiking lovers. It consists of a path that runs through the whole town, and the whole route is signposted and adapted for tourists, making it perfect to go with a group of friends. It is worth noting that this is one of the least known waterfalls in the Sierra de Guadarrama despite being described as very beautiful by its visitors.
You can get to Navalafuente by car, which is the quickest way, taking approximately 50 minutes. To do so, take the M-30 towards the A-1, exit 50, then take the old N-1 towards Venturada. Once there, continue to Cabanillas de la Sierra and take the M-631, three kilometres later there is a turn-off to the M-625 towards Navalafuente.
Los Chorros del Manzanares y Charca Verde
To finish with the best waterfalls in Madrid, we also wanted to mention what is considered one of the most beautiful routes in La Pedriza. In both enclaves it is forbidden to bathe since 2018, however, it is a perfect place to escape from the oppressive heat of the city and enjoy the fauna and flora in its maximum splendour with friends or family. It is a place frequented by tourists and hikers so it is recommended to get up early if you prefer not to coincide with too many people.