In those times of ‘The green meadows’ (1979), the film by José Luis Garci, weekend hikers occupied the mountains here and there, among the trees, in search of the coolness of a stream. They built fires and roasted cutlets on makeshift barbecues. Like now, in the heat of the heatwave, they were looking in Cercedilla, 1,400 meters above sea level, for a blast of fresh air.
“To avoid the dangers for the mountains of that daily diaspora – recalls Francisco Tomás Montalvo, a chronicler of the town – the then Icona (Institute for the Conservation of Nature) came up with the idea of creating an area in which everything would be more checked. Thus was born the recreational area of Las Berceas, which was inaugurated