In early September, a group of SUMC students traveled an hour north of Madrid and soon were hiking along Cercedilla’s Calzada Romana (Roman Road) a climb of nearly 2,000 feet spread out along nine miles, on stretches of ancient road dating back to the first century A.D. The road leads up to La Fuenfría mountain pass, uniting modern-day Madrid from Segovia. Largely unknown by visitors, the Cercedilla park is a traditional favorite of madrileños seeking respite from the city heat. Cercedilla awaits newcomers and seasoned hikers alike with a charm that seems to say, “Come away for a while and experience the spectacular views from my mountaintops. They are second to none.”