Yesterday was a public holiday in Madrid so a friend and I took a day trip and wandered leisurely around the pretty mountain village of Rascafría, which is in the northwestern part of the Community of Madrid in the Sierra de Guadarrama. We indulged in a long lunch on the terraza by the bubbling brook that runs through the village and sauced ourselves with the huge bottle of wine that came with the menú del día at Casa Juanita for 11€. After we gorged ourselves, we took a stroll around the village. Here's what we saw:
Later we made our way to El Monasterio de El Paular, and sauntered its halls and corridors:
After we finished wandering the grounds around the monastery, we headed over to the nearby Área Recreativa de Las Presillas and lay on the cool grassy meadows along the bank of a series of natural pools formed by the Lozoya River.
We capped the day off by dining in the Plaza Mayor of a charming village called Cercedilla as the dying sun set fire to the surrounding mountains.
Yay for mid-week public holidays! I haven't had the chance to leave Madrid since Christmas so this was a much need sojourn and I feel very blessed for this perfect day away from the city.
Happy weekend everyone!
All photography by Shehani Kay