SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PARK
The Community of Madrid created in 1994 the “Regional Park around the axes of the lower courses of the Manzanares and Jarama rivers”, known in abbreviated form as the Southeast Regional Park.
It is a protected area of more than 30,000 hectares within the municipalities of Pinto, Velilla de San Antonio, Ciempozuelos, Titulcia, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, San Martín de la Vega, Morata de Tajuña, Arganda del Rey, San Fernando de Henares, Mejorada del Campo, Getafe, Valdemoro, Aranjuez, Chinchón, Torrejón de Ardoz, Coslada and Madrid.
It is home to numerous lagoons from the old mining activity, in addition to hilly and flat areas and also areas of plains and moorland.
The landscape is of steppe and scrubland type, with species such as thyme, rosemary, rockrose, broom and gall oaks. In the areas of the river valleys we find riparian forests of poplars and elms. Also present in the Park is the Mediterranean triad with olive, cereal and vine crops, as well as irrigated crops in the meadows with alfalfa and corn gardens.
Due to the great variety of habitats there is an extensive faunal community. Birds are the most numerous. Birds of prey in the high areas and on the river banks, diurnal birds such as peregrine falcons, kestrels, harriers and kites, and nocturnal birds such as owls and owls. They coexist with steppe birds such as bustards, little bustards, partridges or quails, and birds of the lagoons such as ducks, pochards, herons, gulls or grebes. As for the terrestrial fauna, there are mammals of all kinds such as rabbits, hares, foxes, wild boars and small rodents, and reptiles such as the ocellated lizard, ashy lizard, spotted toad, leper pond turtle or viperine snake.
In short, it is an area of enormous environmental value, a common destination for cyclists and hikers. In the case of Pinto, the richness of the ecosystem is complemented by important cultural resources such as the Cuniebles Cave, an environment inhabited in prehistoric times; the Cañada Real Galiana, a historic road used for the transit of livestock; or important remains of the Spanish Civil War catalogued by the Law of Historical Heritage of the Community of Madrid as an Asset of Heritage Interest.
The Department of Tourism of the City of Pinto organizes guided tours in this environment. If you are interested click here
There are also numerous trails in the different municipalities, discover them in this link.
Southeast Regional Park
The Community of Madrid created the Southeast Regional Park in 1994, more than 20 years ago.
It belongs to several towns such as Pinto, Ciempozuelos, Titulcia or San Martín de la Vega, among others.
The Park is a very large protected area measuring 30 thousand hectares,
that is, half the size of the city of Madrid.
A protected area is an area that has very important natural or cultural resources,
which must be protected and maintained in a special way.
You can go cycling or walking and see many animals, plants and lagoons.
You can do many different routes, to find out which ones click here.
Some animals that we can find in the park are:
- Birds:such as hawks, owls, partridges or owls.
- Mammals: they are animals with skeletons that develop inside their mother’s body.
They are called mammals because their mothers have breasts to feed milk to their young.
In the park we can see some mammals, for example, rabbits, foxes or wild boars.
- Reptiles: these are animals with cold-blooded skeletons.
The skin of reptiles is covered by scales or a shell.
They drag their bodies along the ground to move around
because they have no legs or very short legs.
In the park we can find some reptiles, for example, lizards, toads or snakes.
Some plants and trees that we can find in the park are:
- Plants: such as thyme, rosemary or rockrose.
- Trees: such as poplars and elms.
- Cultivated areas and orchards: such as olive trees, cereals or corn.
In the part of the park that belongs to Pinto, we can also see:
- Cuniebles Cave: people lived in this cave in prehistoric times.
Prehistory is the stage of history that goes from the appearance of the first human being on earth until writing was invented.
- La Cañada Real Galiana: it is a road used by cattle in ancient times.
- Remains of the Spanish Civil War: are ruins of buildings that were used in the war.
You can take a guided tour of the Park.
To do so, you must contact the Department of Tourism of the City Council of Pinto by clicking here.