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In the heart of the Comunidad de Madrid you can find this town consisting of two cores: the modern Patones de Abajo and Patones de Arriba.  The second one is more attractive for tourists and is one of the most visited destinations in the region. The typical black-slate architecture and the cobble streets following the mountain slope give it a dream-like quality. The fame of the town comes from the legend of the ‘King of Patones’, an independent kingdom in the 18th century and a walk through this town is an unforgettable experience.

Old Hermitage - Tourist Office

This spot, created in 1653 as a hermitage and turned into a church a century later, is a great place to start the visit. Even though it has been completely remodeled, it still conserves a chapel and you can get information from its Visitors’ center.

Ecomuseum of Slate

This ecomuseum is an outdoor venue of marked trails that make for a fun and interesting way to go around Patones and discover the town’s black architecture. One of the two trails offers to travel 200 years back in time through “Ages of Architecture” and the other is called “Architecture of Food” and takes us on a journey to discover places like wine cellars, stoves, etc.

A walk around Patones de Arriba will not only show us the typical houses, but also the threshing grounds, barns, washing places and traditional watering places.

“Geologist and Archaeologist for a Day”

This is how we can feel in Patones thanks to its geological and archaeological heritage. The best way to know more is to visit the Geological Museum-Hall to enjoy their local rock collection, fossils reproductions and caves...

Another must-see? A few kilometers from town you can find the archaeological site Dehesa de la Oliva, a perfect place to contemplate the remains of a Carpetan-Roman town and imagine what their day-to-day life was like. They also organize 30-minute dramatizations of the lives of historic figures. This is also where you can find the remains of the Romanesque-mudéjar hermitage Virgen de la Oliva.

Canal de Cabarrús and Pontón de la Oliva dam

There are also interesting sites concerning the industrial heritage of Patones: a 13-km long canal constructed from 16th to 18th century. 18th-century Patones is marked by the construction of the hydraulic infrastructures like the Pontón de la Oliva dam and the El Atazar dam that retains the waters of Lozoya.


Other must-visit places near Madrid
  • Discover the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and the old Universidad Complutense, a World Heritage Town that is closely tied to the history of the Spanish language.

    Alcalá de Henares
  • Visit the Palace and the Gardens of the Royal Site and Town of Aranjuez, a town close to Madrid which has historically been linked to royalty.

  • Visit one of the greatest architectural exponents of the Spanish Golden Age, a monumental complex devised by Philip II.

    Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Quickly reached from Madrid, Toledo shows how Jews, Muslims and Christians could live together in harmony.

  • Discover the spectacular aqueduct and enjoy the food of this World Heritage city.

  • Discover the amazing walls and the cathedral of this Medieval city where Jews, Christians and Muslims used to live together.

  • The monumental city, home to a centuries-old university, is in the World Heritage Site list.

  • This city-come-landscape famous for its “Hanging Houses” is less than one hour from Madrid by train.

  • Next time you come to Madrid, don’t miss the chance to visit the mosque in the most important city of Al-Andalus, Córdoba.

  • Toledo
  • El fin de siglo. Sala 61 A del Museo Nacional del Prado ©Museo Nacional del Prado (660 x 335)
  • Spend the day at a UNESCO World Heritage site, hire a guide to teach you interesting historical and cultural facts about Madrid, or follow one of our themed itineraries to discover the city from a different angle. 

    Day trips and themed itineraries


An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.

Guided tours for all ages (in Spanish).