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Hiking in Cercedilla

Fans of trekking in the mountains can choose several routes with different levels of difficulty


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In the summer, when the temperature rises to the 80 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), Madrid seeks salvation from the heat in the coniferous forests of the mountains. Being only an hour away from the city by train, you can relax in the lush forest of Cercedilla. To promote physical fitness and health, the Ministry of Tourism specially designed and provided free maps of trails of various levels of difficulty.

The most popular trails in Cercedilla include Mirador Luis Rosales and Mirador De La Reina. Mirador de Luis Rosales–Puerto de la Fuenfría Loop is a difficult 11-mile (17-km) hike that takes 5 hours to complete. Mirador de Luis Rosales–Calzada romana Loop is an 8-mile (12-km) hike of an intermediate level. Both trails are accessible, however, a good fitness level is required.

In Cercedilla, you can choose your distance, the angle of ascent, and calculate the time for your trip. Remain within marked trails, and you will get real pleasure from a walk. The beautiful scenery of Cercedilla features hills, forests, and small rivers. It's unlikely that you will see a bear or a wolf, but squirrels or wild hares can be found in abundance. The best time to explore the terrain is summer or spring.

Las Berceas Natural Pools

Las Berceas Natural Pools is another reason to visit Cercedilla in the summer. What can be better than soaking in chilly waters after a long hike with the beautiful views of the Sierra de Guadarrama and green fields all around you? The admission to the pool is just a few euros, and there are plenty of places for a picnic in the nearby park.

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