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Buitrago del Lozoya

From the past to the forefront

To stroll through Buitrago del Lozoya is to travel back to the Middle Ages; the landscape seems to merge with the gentle flow of the Lozoya river at the foot of the town’s castle, in the shelter of its remarkable walled enclosure. It’s a landscape that ensures spectacular beauty—whether bathed in sunlight or covered in snow, turning even the most hidden corners to white. One of these secluded spots is no longer a secret; the Eugenio Arias Collection Picasso Museum contains more than 60 works that the famous artist left to his barber.

At Christmastime, Buitrago turns back the clock by 20 centuries to host its very own Living Bethlehem: a festival declared to be of Regional Tourist Interest, in which most of the locals take part in re-enactments along the town’s 800-metre wall.

Buitrago del Lozoya is a municipality of the Community of Madrid, Spain. The town is one of the few in the community that have maintained its walls, which are of Moorish origin (11th century) and have been restored in the 15th century. It lies on a peninsula surrounded by the Lozoya river. Other sights include the castle, a Gothic-Mudéjar structure dating from the 15th century, with rectangular plan, the church of Santa María del Castillo (1321), in the same style, and the Picasso Museum, with works by Pablo Picasso.

The Castle of Buitrago del Lozoya (Spanish: Castillo de Buitrago del Lozoya) is a castle located inside the walls of Buitrago del Lozoya, Spain. Built in the 15th century in Gothic-Mudéjar style, it was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1931. It has a rectangular plan, with seven towers of various shapes (round, pentagonal, square), all in stone. The interior is in ruins.

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