Paradise beach – Escape the summer furnace
Madrid has a secret that no one knows about. That is to say, literally no one. So us sharing this with you, dear friend is a privilege to cherish. About 40 minutes from the city center lies the village of Cervera. Cervera is home to the entire water supply for Madrid. A magnificent spread of crystal-clear smooth H2O, elegantly draped and pooled between the mountains and arid desert that surrounds the unforgiving heat at the heart of Spain.
Bring the sense of mind not to spread the news because at the moment this place remains officially unknown. We’d like to keep it that way.
A cool mountain breeze delightfully caresses the skin of the lakes. Intense silence hugs the air like a dream and distant voices travel for miles.
You can come here and sit in complete isolation even in the middle of the summer. The water is always deliciously cool and begs you to return for more between bouts of skin browning on the small pebble beaches.
On the edge of the lake there is one little chiringuito. They serve the usual Spanish snacks at a reasonable price and a welcome cold beer on the shady terrace over looking the water.
You’ll need a car to come here. There is a bus once daily, but the network of lakes is sufficiently expansive and the likelihood of you wanting to stay sufficiently high that it would be crazy to restrict your stay to the bus timetable. Plus the walk from the bus stop in the middle of nowhere will probably drain your body of sweat and you could well collapse on the tarmac in the mid-day sun.
Bring a picnic, bring lots of water and cold beers in a cooler, and bring the sense of mind not to spread the news because at the moment this place remains officially unknown. We’d like to keep it that way.
SBT says dine on: Picnics!
SBT says wine on: A hefty sized ice cooler rammed with chilly beers.