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Route of the Via Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen (Viewpoints and hermitages)

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There is a unique route in the Sierra de Guadarrama very particular and different, a really original route that crosses the Via Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen through several lookouts and hermitages in really spectacular locations. If you are looking for a different scenario, prepare your boots that you will travel the most peculiar paths of the north of Madrid.

Route of the Via Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen

2,700 steps in the middle of the mountains

For many it seems unthinkable to travel more than 2,700 steps on a hiking trail through Guadarrama, but yes, this exists, and it is next to the Valley of the Fallen. We may or may not agree with Frank, the reality is that in addition to the Cross of the Valley of the Fallen he left for posterity the Via Crucis de Guadarrama, a pharaonic construction of almost 5km of granite stone and hundreds of steps in the middle of wild pine trees, a strange feeling especially when being in the mountains


Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen
Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen

The first impression upon seeing it is how to travel a Roman road, but with viewpoints and hermitages located in strategic places, so strategic that they have several of the best views towards Madrid and the mountains. A unique and almost surreal place.

Starting from La Jarosa (circular route)

The circular route starts from the Jarosa reservoir down a wide road leaving the picnic behind. Slowly, you ascend in the direction of the Valley of the Fallen by a comfortable road surrounded by pine trees, gradually letting you see the Cross of the Fallen in the distance.


Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen
Jarosa Reservoir

Less than an hour comes a time where you have to turn left along a path next to a wall that will have to go through jumping on it. On the other side of it, there is a small quarry and a house of the workers who worked in the construction of the Valley of the Fallen.



Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen

On this side of the wall you can access the road that leads to the hermitages of the Via Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen, where as an art of magic hundreds of steps will appear in the middle of the mountain, something that it becomes strange in the Sierra de Guadarrama.

Arrival at the hermitages

All this part of the path of the Valley of the Fallen is the main route, with granite chapels and crosses designed by Pedro Muguruza, which mark what they call the path of the Passion of Christ, 14 stations They recreate the scenes since Jesus is condemned to death and suffers the three falls until he is taken to the grave.


Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen
Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen

Walking along this path, in shadow through the great grove of the area, it is strange to climb stairs more than 6 meters wide and suddenly find hermitages with views towards Madrid or the Valley of the Fallen really beautiful. The locations are unique and very in harmony with nature, but the truth is that they create a rare sensation.


Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen
Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen

The VIII point of the Via Crucis is the highest point, at 1,338m, in the Risco de la Nava. There is the Hermitage of the High Altar, the best panoramic and one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Madrid.


Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen
Villa Crucis of the Valley of the Fallen

From this point it is practically all down to the Jarosa reservoir and being a circular route the route will be by another road, well marked, by wide tracks until you reach the Picazuelo Creek and to the reservoir, exit point of the route.

Practical data

If you later want to visit the Valley of the Fallen

You can visit every day, the only thing to keep in mind is that if there is a liturgical mass they do not allow you to enter the abbey.

The ticket price is € 9 for adults. Teachers, large families, people with disabilities or unemployed have a discount.

Excursion from Madrid including the visit to El Escorial

A very complete excursion is organized by Civitatis, which includes bus transportation, a visit to the Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial.

See tours to the Valley of the Fallen

How to get?

The Valley of the Fallen is shortly before reaching San Lorenzo de El Escorial, on the M-600 road north of Madrid.

Where to sleep?

  • Hospedería de Santa Cruz. The only accommodation within the valley, a quiet accommodation at a good price

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