La Panera, a natural place where facilities are set up to enjoy in the countryside the tranquility of some great pine forests in which numerous activities can be developed. To get to La Panera, the core of El Espinar Station must be taken as a reference, since these facilities are located just over 3 kilometers away. Although communication with private vehicles or buses is very comfortable (it takes approximately one hour to arrive from Madrid), many people use the comfort of regional trains, there is a train stop four kilometers from the facilities, to spend the day in She and return to Madrid without the usual traffic jams on weekends.
The summer season is the most used, and within it on weekends is when the full is almost usual, so if we are going to go on holidays it is advisable to go early to take the best places. In summer it is also necessary to pay at the entrance, little money, which is intended for the care and cleaning of the facilities. But the rest of the year you can also have La Panera as an ideal place to meet with family or friends, make excursions on foot or by mountain bike through the fantastic places of La Graganta, where we can see numerous species of native plants, among the that highlight the Mediterranean pine, and hopefully we can see animals such as foxes, wild boars, roe deer, trout in the rivers and numerous raptors and scavengers, it is not difficult to cross any of these specimens, so it is also advisable to bring some binoculars to to be able to contemplate them more closely.
Facility equipment:swimming pools for adults and children with lifeguards, grills (ensure the possibility of cooking on the grills in times of fire, but usually they can be used), services, bar, sports fields in rustic, dining tables (although they are usually occupied immediately ), to all this we must add the numerous spaces to sunbathe, rest lying under the pines, assemble our own camping furniture, a river where the hottest days bathe children safely, free parking for vehicles … In addition, the environment is an ideal place to make routes through the mountains contemplating the numerous species that populate the pine forests, making this place a unique and unparalleled site in the center of the peninsula, where to get rid of the summer heat in a natural way and fun, and very close to Madrid.
In the nearby population centers there are good shops where you can buy everything you need to spend the day: natural charcoal or wood for grills available at hardware stores, wood-fired bread, ice, drinks and meats (chops, bacon, steaks …) of cattle raised in the same places that surround the facilities. It is not necessary to leave the house loaded with the purchase nor do you have to do it the day before, everything you need can be purchased locally. We recommend several sites in San Rafael, for example in the Mari José Food you can buy bread made in a wood oven, very close to that trade you have several butchers where you can buy the rich chops of the cattle that are raised in the area, there are also fishmongers and places to buy what is necessary to spend the day and cool off, like ice or the usual disposable cutlery in field trips, so you don’t have to scrub. That is, you do not need to come with the food purchased previously, you can take it fresh a few minutes before cooking.
From what we see in the images, because it is an ideal place to get rid of the heat of the big cities and for many more reasons, La Panera is the ideal place to disconnect from work and return with charged batteries, and with children rendered of Enjoy throughout the day. In the area there is no good mobile phone signal, so we will get rid for a few hours of the dependence that exists on the phones, but if necessary we could talk with a little closer to the entrance to the facilities.
One more tip: it is almost mandatory to bring some camping equipment (blankets, mattresses, chairs, tables. The stone tables are very nice and durable, but many hours sitting on them end up with the toughest butt.