Discover the places of interest


Walk through the urban area of ​​El Molar and its surroundings without hurry, enjoying our monuments and places full of legend and charm and viewpoints with magnificent views. In the central Plaza Mayor, next to the Town Hall, you can see the Parish Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, declared a Site of Cultural Interest. And do not hesitate to stroll through the old wineries and caves, visit the Hermitage of San Isidro, located in an area of ​​great natural value or approach the ancient Atalaya de El Molar, of Muslim origin.

The Molar is an ideal destination to visit with friends or family, discover unique monuments and await many anecdotes and curiosities of our history. Discover the Village of El Molar!

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Church of the Asunción de Nuestra Señora

Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, for its enormous value, it is undoubtedly the most important and significant monument of El Molar. Its construction dates from the late fifteenth century and the first half of the s. XVI. They emphasize the set of Gothic vaults, the capitals and imposts and the outer gallery, of the last phase of the plateresque.

The Parochial Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, of Gothic and Renaissance origin, represents the most outstanding monument of our town. It is located in the center of the town, in the Plaza Mayor, next to the Town Hall.

Its construction dates from the late fifteenth century and the first half of the s. XVI, and was declared a National Monument and, recently, an Asset of Cultural Interest. It is an excellent example of the evolutionary process of religious architecture in the region. Originally, it was conceived as a small church with a single nave and later expanded six times in less than a century. It is a compendium, therefore, of the different styles that converge and coexist, from the ogival Gothic to the classicist renaissance.

The church is of basilical plan, has three naves, the square head to which the tower is attached by the north side and by the south a chapel communicated with the sacristy, and the portico located at noon. The chapels, higher with respect to the naves, have been reinforced with buttresses, and the tower has two bays for each side in the upper part and in the last restoration new bays have appeared in a lower platform than the tower could have been primitive As for the portico, it is made of Renaissance-purist style masonry and consists of five carpanel arches, on columns with capitals decorated with mermaids, vegetal themes, heads of animals and children.

It stands out for its sculptural richness and for the harmony of its interior space. The artistically most valuable elements are the set of Gothic vaults, the sculptural elements that adorn capitals and imposts and the outer gallery, of the last phase of plateresque. The church is built of masonry with chains of ashlars in the corners revoked and whitewashed on the outside, leaving the stone view only in the ashlars of the corners of the temple and the tower, the portico and the buttresses.

Town hall

Located in the central Plaza Mayor, at the confluence of Avenida de España and Calle Real, the City of El Molar is located. The south façade stands out from the building, in which four imposing columns stand out, on which a large balcony is located. At the top of the building you can see a large clock.

El Molar Town Hall is located in the center of the urban area, specifically in the Plaza Mayor, 1. The building is flanked by the Avenida de España, to the west and the Calle de la Carnicería, to the east.

Of the building highlights its southern facade, which stand four large columns. In a higher height there is a large balcony, which overlooks the Plaza Mayor, on whose railing the institutional flags are placed. Above the balcony is a large clock.

Besides the citizen attention to the neighbors of El Molar, in the building of the City Council are the municipal services, as well as the Municipal Archive of El Molar and the different offices and meeting rooms corresponding to the different technicians that work in this administration and the government team.

Tourist Office

The Tourist Office of El Molar is part of the ‘MAD About Info’ network of the Community of Madrid. It is located very close to the City Hall, on Calle Remolino (pedestrian). In this building is also located the Exhibition Hall, which houses samples of painting and photography, as well as presentations and other types of events.

The Municipal Tourism Office of El Molar, located on Calle Remolino, 4 (pedestrian traffic), next to the central Plaza Mayor and the City Council, offers visitors who come to our Villa all the tourist information of interest, about our main monuments, places to eat and stay or the routes that run through our municipal area.

It belongs to the Tourist Information Network of the Community of Madrid, ‘MAD About Info’, which also includes other municipal tourism offices, whose objective is to make the Community of Madrid better known. Each of these offices retains its own identity, and in turn becomes a spokesperson for the others and the municipalities they represent.

This building houses, in turn, the Exhibition Hall. This exhibition space, of municipal ownership, aims to enhance the work of artists, facilitating the dissemination of their works, so that they are made accessible to citizens.

Hermitage of San lsidro

The Hermitage of San Isidro is located very near the urban helmet, in the Hill of the Corneja, located to the northeast of the town. It dates from the end of the s. XIX, and was built by the architect Joaquín Kremel. It is a very original building, being built as a Catholic temple but following the canons of a Protestant church.

Of neogothic-Mudejar style, the construction of the Hermitage of San Isidro dates from the late nineteenth century (1894-1896). It is located at the top of Cerro de la Corneja, at 852 m altitude, in an area of ​​natural value.

It was built by the German-born architect Joaquín Kremel, who spent long periods in the old spa of Fuente del Toro. As a curiosity, it is recorded that the Viscountess Ramona Goicochea paid the 60,000 pesetas that cost to raise the hermitage, to facilitate the religious cults of the visitors of this spa.

This hermitage, with a Latin cross plan, is highly appreciated by experts, given its originality since it was built as a Catholic temple following the canons of a Protestant church. It has walls of brick and masonry in boxes and a careful and exquisite exterior decoration based on jaqueados and geometric shapes achieved thanks to the placement of the brick.

Unfortunately we must highlight the continuous plundering that has suffered throughout its history, which were diminishing its initial appearance, as the loss of its Carthaginian gold leaf tiles with which the interior of the temple was decorated.

Wineries and Caves of El Molar

Located in different hills that surround the urban helmet of El Molar, the old cellars and caves of our municipality are one of our main tourist and gastronomic attractions, since many now house restaurants and grills, where you can taste tasty dishes and wine of our municipality.

The old wineries and caves, located in several of the hills that surround our town, have undoubtedly become one of the main tourist attractions of the municipality.

These wineries have a special value, since they are one of the few representations that exist in the Madrid community: many of the wineries and caves have a network of underground passages, where wine is produced and preserved The Molar. It is thought that the oldest caves were built in the time of the Arabs, who excavated three of the four hills that surround the town (La Torreta, Majarromero and El Cabezo).

In most wineries and caves you can see several side holes, used for jars, and strong vaults reinforced sometimes with half-point arches based on sillarejo voussoirs. In many of them, next to the entrance door there is attached a building that is properly called a winery and that is where the wine was made to later put it in the pipe for its conservation. Its constant temperature and perfect degree of humidity create a microclimate that is used for the conservation of wine.

On the hill of La Torreta, in the eastern part of the town, are some of our best-known restaurants and steakhouses, famous reputation. During the last decades a quality hotel offer has been developed, based on our rich gastronomy, which highlights the grilled meats and natural wines produced in the municipality.

Hermitage of the Soledad

This small hermitage, of Gothic origin, is the oldest in our municipality. It is located at the entrance of the cemetery, southwest of the town and at the end of Calle de la Fuente (which starts from the Plaza Mayor). It has a square floor and inside there are some of the oldest tombs in El Molar cemetery.

The Hermitage of the Solitude is of Gothic origin, dating its construction of century XVI. It is located next to the cemetery of our town, at the entrance of it. From the Plaza Mayor, head towards the southwest, along Calle de la Fuente, and in less than 15 minutes you will reach the hermitage.

Its most striking feature is the square floor that presents the building, typical of the Templar chapels of the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, the Mudejar coffered ceiling, which was the most valuable element that this temple possessed, can not be seen today, having been destroyed in the Civil War. Inside the hermitage are the oldest graves of the cemetery.

Watchtower of El Molar

In an outstanding promontory located 2 km to the southwest of the town, the Atalaya de El Molar, an old defensive construction of Muslim origin, which could have been built in the 10th century, stands. This type of fortifications served to monitor the borders of the time . It constitutes a magnificent viewpoint of a large part of the region.

The Molar Watchtower, of Muslim origin, was part of the network of fortifications erected by the Muslims, around the tenth century, in a series of hills that dominated much of the region and from where borders were controlled and the main communication channels.

The one located in our town, partially rebuilt to avoid its deterioration, is located a bit more than 2 km from the Plaza Mayor, being accessible by car (continuing the road to the cemetery) or walking (it takes about half an hour). It is located on a promontory, called Cerro de la Atalaya, at an altitude of 879 m, this being one of the highest points in the entire municipality.

This type of constructions, of Muslim origin, were fortifications that served to monitor borders and communications. In case of threat, fires were lit that were seen from one watchtower to the next in order to warn of the danger.

Many of these watchtowers were located on the left bank of the Jarama River (Xarama, a Berber word meaning no-man’s river or border river). They were built during the 9th and 10th centuries, during the emirate of Muhamed I of Córdoba and during the time of Abderramán III, who fortified the main sites of the Middle Mark against the Christians. These fortifications were controlled from the village of Talamanca del Jarama. Thanks to this defensive system, the ports of Guadarrama and Somosierra were also controlled.

In other nearby municipalities they also keep ancient watchtowers of Muslim origin, as well as other buildings and fortifications, such as El Vellón, Venturada, Torrelaguna, El Berrueco, Torremocha del Jarama and Talamanca del Jarama. From this last location, the control of this important defensive system was carried out.

Hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Remolino

Hermitage located in the vega del Jarama, about 6 km southeast of the town. Of neo-Gothic-Mudejar origin, its construction recalls that of the Hermitage of San Isidro, with brick walls. The Virgen del Remolino is kept inside and until this place every year the neighbors of El Molar move on Easter Sunday to pick up their Patroness.

The Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Remolino, of neo-Gothic-Mudejar origin, was built in 1957. It is located on the outskirts of the town, in the fertile valley of the Jarama River, just under 6 km from the town center.

It is situated where, according to the legend, the virgin appeared to a group of shepherds, in the place known as “Huelga del Taral”. In its interior the image of the Virgin of the Whirlwind is kept, and following the tradition until this hermitage the Molareños and Molareñas come on Easter Sunday, to pick up their Patroness and take them later to the patron festivities, in the party known as “Day of bread and cheese. ” After spending all the Easter in the village, they go down again to the hermitage on Pentecost Sunday, this day celebrating the popular pilgrimage of “El Taral”.

Architecturally, it presents an aspect very similar to that of the Hermitage of San Isidro, built with brick. It presents a basilical plant, brick factory with masonry boxes. The large nave has a pointed vault and the portal, facing west, is topped with a belfry.

Viewpoints

From the different hills that surround the Villa de El Molar you get magnificent panoramic views of our town and a good part of the region. Consult the map above its location: some are very close to the town and others, such as Cerro de la Atalaya, a little further away. Do not miss them, the views are definitely worth it!

The town of El Molar is surrounded by rugged hills, from which you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the town and much of our municipal area and the region.

To the northeast is the Cerro de la Corneja, covered by a dense pine forest of great natural value, and in which the Hermitage of San Isidro is located. Closer to the town, at the eastern end of the urban case, is Cerro de la Torreta, known for the many caves and wineries there are, many of which are famous restaurants.

To the southeast is the Cerro de El Cabezo, with some of the oldest and best preserved wineries, and where every year the living crib of El Molar is organized, one of the most visited and beautiful in the entire Community of Madrid.

For its part, the Cerro de Majarromero is to the southwest and, a little further away, there is also the Cerro de la Atalaya, on which you can admire an old watchtower of Muslim origin, built between the ninth and tenth centuries. Fortification was part of a network of defensive watchtowers, which controlled the borders. From this last point the view is really spectacular, with the Sierra de La Cabrera in the background, next to the foothills of the Cuerda Larga, and the narrow Guadalix river valley in the foreground.

Check the map above for your location and do not hesitate to approach these viewpoints, the views are undoubtedly worth it!