I think as I already said once at the time in the corner Seven Peaks, it's certainly my favorite mountain, with its slopes in the village of Cercedilla and even though I was not born there I feel like I was. I grow up there, I spent my youth and I met my first love, yes that same one you never forget even though you are very happy now and in this environment it is my desire that my ashes are spread around here in my last trip. This time, we left the car in the parking lot of the station and we took the funicular from Cercedilla to the Navacerrada port. Starting the ascent from where the funicular leaves you to the spot in Arias is a bit tiring. Once we were above the harbor, our intention was to take the chairlift that skips the Telegraph track, but just our luck, that day it did not work so we had to go walking and in spite of this I give thanks because I got pictures of Peñalara massif that if it had not been given this circumstance I would not have gotten. The climb to the first peak was difficult and tedious because we found very soft snow, and with every step it became harder and harder. It took over an hour to get there. The views were still spectacular, Peñalara, Malaciosa, Stack of Wheat, The Peñota etc. Once there, depending on our skills as mountaineers, things could be made the easy or the difficult way. We chose the first one and continue up the gully between the third and fourth peak, so from there through open field and with snow up to our knees we went down to the Schmit to continue to the port of Fuenfria, the Roman road, meadows and Cercedilla again.
The Cercedilla is the most convenient place to access from Madrid either by commuter train, which takes about 45 minutes from the center, or by highway. From Cercedilla there are several well-marked paths, at all levels, from a 4 kilometer path that's slightly sloping, to the GR10, which reaches a height of 2000 meters and it's 14 kilometers long, and the the High Street one that's 12 kilometers long and a maximum altitude of 1750 meters. The Environmental Education Center is 2 kilometers away from Cercedilla and the rangelands have free maps of the routes that will inform you about the beautiful environment in the area.
The "Calzada Romana", where nature and history go hand in hand, is one step from Cercedilla. I used to climbing at the Puerto de la Fuenfría. Backpack in hand, with a sandwich, water and binoculars, I hiked about 4 kilometres to the Port of Fuenfría, it was a nice sea in a unique setting. This route isn't very difficult, but there is a stretch of some difficulty, but it's quite accessible, even with children.
This might be the most iconic train station in the Community of Madrid. It was inaugurated in 1888 as part of the new railway line linking Segovia to Villalba. You can still see the old houses that were built on the road connecting the station and the city centre, since there were many locals who discovered this part of the mountain thanks to the train. But the most important, and it's greatest moment, was the inauguration, on July 12, 1923 in the presence of King Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia, of the narrow gauge electric railway that linked Cercedilla with Navacerrada. Since this event, there was an explosion of hikers and skiers, especially on the weekends. The newly renovated building, which cost about 700,000 euros, is considered a World Heritage Site of the Community of Madrid. I still have memories from the hundreds of times that I went down there from my house in the neighbourhood of San Antonio in the 60's just to see those old trains circulate.
The meadows of Cercedilla is the ideal place for nature lovers. It's an area that's very close to Cercedilla, just 5 minutes away by car, but if you walk it'll take you much longer, just follow the road. The best thing about this area is that it has a very large picnic area and large places where you can play. Also, you can go on hiking trails that vary in difficulty. Among them are: The Roman road that goes to Fuenfría, etc. There's also a parking area when you first enter, but it could be full at any time. In fact, the only drawback of the meadows is that it usually gets pretty crowded when the weather's good, but still less than Navacerrada and Cotos, so I recommend it. Especially for enjoying the snow when the ports aren't full of people because at that time of year there usually aren't many people.
The entertainment area in the Berceas is in the Meadows in Cercedilla. This is an open area that's completely filled with nature. In fact, the only thing that sets it apart from the rest of the Meadows area is that there's a wooden fence around it that is sometimes closed. In this area is where you'll find the Amazonia adventure park, but what I like most about it is the beauty of the nature you can explore on the different routes that you can take across the bridge. In the summer you can also visit the natural pools inside, but you have to pay to enjoy them. The rest of the park is completely free and there are even picnic areas that are available.
Within the recreation area The Berceas, in Meadows of Cercedilla, is the Amazon Ecopark. It is a park dedicated to adventure sports. You will find different tree circuits: zip lines, bridges, etc. The difficulty classifications of the circuits are by different colors, the essential requirements are that you are age 6 years and are at least 1 m 15 cm. Comfortable clothing is recommended, security monitors constantly monitor plus you carry a harness at all times. There is a mandatory 30 minutes safety workshop before starting the activity. The prices are not very high yet, I recommend you go make use of several group offers.
The parish church of San Sebastián is located on the highest part of the oldest area of Cercedilla. This one along with Our Lady of the Nativity are co-patrons of the town. It has a cross-shaped plan and one single nave, its oldest elements are the base of the tower and the ancient Baptismal Chapel depending on the historians estimate that are late twelfth century and others from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The imposing churrigueresque altarpiece carved in Segovia in 1714 stands out but it was not gilded until 1725. It is also worthy of note the fence that protects the entrance to the temple, it dates from 1741.
The square where the town hall of Cercedilla is located is also one of the most beautiful of the town, especially during the holidays as it is decorated with Christmas lights and you can enjoy the traditional nativity in the center.
You'll notice that it was recently restored and you'll appreciate the cleanliness of the streets and buildings. In addition to city hall, you'll find a senior center and the statue dedicated to the late Paquito Fernández Ochoa, a native of the place and famous for his Olympic success.
This chapel was recently built in 1998, and it's where the festival of the saint is celebrated. The area wasn't designed for the chapel itself, but it's where it ended up. It's a few hundred meters from Emblase of Navalmedio and Seven Peaks slopes, which makes it ideal to watch a phenomenal prairie sunset in summer, but especially in spring and autumn. As happens everywhere, some of the tables and benches have been graffitied. Unfortunately this doesn't just happen in Spain, but in all European countries. I am tolerant of it, but I wonder what would happen if you caught someone doing it and made them clean it? As I said, it's a wonderful place to spend a happy afternoon.
The Reajo bridge or, as it is also known as, the Mill, is one of the four bridges placed along the Roman road which is situated in the town of Cercedilla. The town is situated on the M-622 that connects the town of Los Molinos with Cercedilla, a few meters away from the railway station of the aforementioned town, and it is the largest of all in terms of size. Except from the bed of the "river of La Venta" later to merge their waters with the river called Las Fuentes, therefore forming the famous Guadarrama river. It has a width of 10 meters with a height up from the riverbed reaching 15.4 meters and a 6.5 meter arc of light. It is a masonry construction with a dry wash made of flat stones placed in wedges and hexagonal shapes on the floor, becoming triangular at the bottom.
One of the most beautiful and easy hikes in the Sierra de Guadarrama is the climb to the Navarrulaque Prairie. After passing the restaurant Casa Cirilo in the Meadows of Cercedilla and leaving the car at the last parking lot known as Majavilán, we'll begin the march and will face the slightly tougher part of the walk up to the Meadow of Corralillos. Once there we will see across a wide forest with a border trail that we will take.
From here the climb is milder and is almost like a walk of about an hour and a half, walking calmly. Once in the Navarrulaque Prairie, the first thing we see on our right are the well-known viewpoints of Luis Rosales and from which you'll have excellent views. A few meters further on is the Clock of Cela, though I could never figure out how it works. Nearby there are wooden benches and tables to eat and rest. Before, one could grill some nice chuletadas there, but are currently sealed.
This popular way for people from Madrid was created by Eduardo Schmidt, who is an Austrian who signaled it in 1926, the tour begins at the Port of Navacerrada at 1858 mts. across the top of the Pine lands Valsaín in Segovia (one of the best in the Central System and until a few centuries ago was a magnificent oak slowly today and from the bottom tries to recover his old domain) and under the cropped silhouette Seven Peaks whose name already defines this same Sierra reaching the highest of them (the easternmost peak) at 2138 mts. the path reaches up to 1892 meters. in the Windy Collado through pine, alpine meadows and some sources that wase formerly called Hill of Mint and after meeting with the Roman (built in the time of Emperor Vespasian about AD 70 and linking among other places Cercedilla and Segovia) is internal Fonfría Valley and pleasantly low by a splendid Pine forest through a lot of beautiful landscapes to leave this place gradually reaching the town of Cercedilla. It is a simple way provided that there is sometimes snow and ice, mainly in the shade of Seven Peaks in Segovia and many hikers hike it, they are mainly from Madrid where you can connect the journey in the morning to Cercedilla, town where the mountain railway will be waiting for you. This train climbs through large woods to station in the port of Navacerrada, the starting point of this route through the Sierra de Guadarrama river of the same name which is formed on the south side of this mountain of granite of Seven Fine silhouettes. For further information go to the website: www.cercedilla.es
The French-speaking walkway bridge the Pastures, also known as Barefoot Bridge, is the start of the very same in the Madrid side. It is the most visible part of the Roman road that links Miacum to Segovia. It dates from the first century AD under the emperor Vespasian even though it was greatly transformed due to the major reforms over it made by Philip V in 1722. I recommend it to you not only for its beauty and well preservation, but because you have to go through it to access most of the routes in the area.
In the central area of the Sierra of Guadarrama, there is the Valley of the Fuenfría. It borders the Minguete hill (it has an altitude of 2,023 m)) and the Seven Peaks (it has an altitude of 2,138 m) at its western end. In the Valley you can find granite, gneiss, quartz, feldspar and ferromagnesian minerals. As for plants, the most notable are the pines and there is also abundant wildlife, especially deers, wild boars, badgers and foxes.
Despite the heat of the summer, it is a pleasure to climb to the summit of the Peñota, also known as the Carpentier peak (with a height of 1,945 meters), from the Meadows of Cercedilla. To go by the Arroyo del Infierno, the route passes through a pine forest and finishes in one of the best viewpoints in the Sierra, from which you can see the majority of the plains of Madrid and Segovia. This rise has no difficulty, despite having a difference in altitude of 800 meters.