GASTRONOMÍA (GASTRONOMY) MANZANARES EL REAL

Gastronomy The delicious local gastronomic culture is an old tradition. The incomparable quality of this natural environment fodders is one of the keys to the flavour and freshness of its meat. The typical fish dishes date back from the past as well. The raw material comes from the winding waters of the river and the Read more about GASTRONOMÍA (GASTRONOMY) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

FIESTAS LOCALES (Local Festivals) MANZANARES EL REAL

Local Festival Cristo de la Nave: in September. Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Peña Sacra: during Pentecost. Both festivals consist of beautiful processions of notable religious fervour. The second one ends with a fraternal and picturesque lunch in the meadow. Carnival: it is celebrated with the traditional Burial of the Sardine at the village square. Manzanares Read more about FIESTAS LOCALES (Local Festivals) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

LITERATURA_IÑIGO LOPEZ DE MENDOZA, MARQUES DE SANTILLANA (MANZANARES EL REAL)

Íñigo López de Mendoza, Marquis of Santillana Don Íñigo López de Mendoza is the perfect representative of two apparently opposite ideals; he was a man of weapons and letters. He was born into a very influential noble family from the 15th century, and he took an active role in politics during the reign of Juan Read more about LITERATURA_IÑIGO LOPEZ DE MENDOZA, MARQUES DE SANTILLANA (MANZANARES EL REAL)[…]

LOS BELLOS PECADOS DEL CARDENAL (The ‘beautiful sins’ of the Cardinal) MANZANARES EL REAL

The ‘beautiful sins’ of the Cardinal Don Pedro González de Mendoza (1428-1492), known as ‘the cardinal of Spain’, was don Íñigo’s fifth son. He distinguished himself not only by his faith and preaching work, but also by his ambition and his interest in the company of beautiful ladies. According to the chronicles, two sons were Read more about LOS BELLOS PECADOS DEL CARDENAL (The ‘beautiful sins’ of the Cardinal) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

LOS LITIGIOS DE MANZANARES EL REAL (Disputes in Manzanares el Real)

Disputes in Manzanares el Real The territories and stories of Madrid and Segovia have been linked and separated, since time immemorial, by Guadarrama mountain range, which has witnessed their fights for the lands. The territory passed from one to another, until the kings Ferdinand III and Alfonso X decided to put an end to the Read more about LOS LITIGIOS DE MANZANARES EL REAL (Disputes in Manzanares el Real)[…]

PUENTE DE LA CAÑADA REAL (Bridge of the Cañada Real) MANZANARES EL REAL

Bridge of the Cañada Real The origin of the Bridge of the Cañada Real, also known as Puente Viejo (Old Bridge), dates back from the foundation of the village. Nevertheless, currently the bridge has a modern appearance, due to the successive reconstructions that it has undergone throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The authorship Read more about PUENTE DE LA CAÑADA REAL (Bridge of the Cañada Real) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

LA FUENTE DE LAS ERMITAS (The Fountain of the Chapels) MANZANARES EL REAL

The Fountain of the Chapels Its name comes from some old chapels that were located in this area, although now none of them remains standing. We can find it located in a slope, around the south of the village. The building closed its doors in 1992. Finally, in 2003 the restoration of the building finished, Read more about LA FUENTE DE LAS ERMITAS (The Fountain of the Chapels) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

ERMITA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA PEÑA SACRA (Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Peña Sacra) MANZANARES EL REAL

Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Peña Sacra The chapel is located on the top of the Peña Sacra, a place which provides us a magnificent view of La Pedriza. The building dates from the 16th century, although in the 17th century some rooms were joined. The Virgen de la Peña Sacra is a copy Read more about ERMITA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA PEÑA SACRA (Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Peña Sacra) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LAS NIEVES (Church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves) MANZANARES EL REAL

Church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves According to the existing information, it seems that the church was built at the beginning of the 14th century under the protection of the first Marquis of Santillana. However, it was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century. Its architectonical style is not clearly-defined. Due to the Read more about IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LAS NIEVES (Church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]

CASTILLO VIEJO DE MANZANARES (Old Castle) MANZANARES EL REAL

Old Castle of Manzanares el Real Apart from Mendozas’ Castle, the village preserves the ruins of the former castle, known as “Old castle” or “Weapons’ Square”. It is possible that it was built in the time of Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1365-1404). This castle was the residence of the Mendozas until the new palace was Read more about CASTILLO VIEJO DE MANZANARES (Old Castle) MANZANARES EL REAL[…]