Low Valley of the Lozoya
Cervera de Buitrago
The municipality of Cervera de Buitrago is located 80 km from Madrid, in the Sierra Norte region of the Community of Madrid. It borders to the North with the term Robledillo de la Jara, east with the Atazar, to the south with patones and Berrueco and to the west with Old Bridges. In an exceptional natural environment that combines the spectacularity of the El Atazar Reservoir and native wooded areas, among those that include oak trees, Ash, junipers and holm oaks, spaces between those who walk and have their natural habitat animals such as wild boars, Roe deer, Storks, etc.
Cervera originated in the Arab era, its importance arises with Christian repopulation, being shepherds of Sepúlveda who are responsible for repopulating and exploiting the region. The first written data we have concerning the history of Cervera are intimately linked to the person of Miguel Díaz Peñacorba, Who, in 1563, being sick granted his will, having his remains in the Monastery of San Antonio de La Cabrera, but leaving his heirs empowered to move his burial.
However, oral tradition goes back many years, when the people were called St. Mary the Great. On an as yet undetermined and unexplained date, it disappears, emerging later as a village linked to the Villa de Buitrago.
The name Cervera seems to derive from the word deer and from a fact that occurred in its lands related to these animals. In the old day there were a large number of cervids in the nearby forests of the Lordship of Buitrago, which moved to the vicinity of Cervera taking advantage of the first place where the snow was undone and the last place where the sun set, to receive their last rays of light.
For 25 years Cervera de Buitrago was forced to change its profile of agricultural village to that of fishing village, due to the construction of El Atazar Reservoir. This marked a major change in the socio-economic activity of the municipality, who decided to bet on Rural Tourism, taking advantage of the important tourist resource that is the Atazar Reservoir, and the beauty of the surroundings.