Turismo Madrid


La Herrería-El Castañar and the Chair of Felipe II

Spring is coming and what better way to welcome it than with an escape to nature. How about a hiking route in San Lorenzo el Escorial? La Herrería, El Castañar or the Silla de Felipe II are some of the enclaves that will leave you amazed with their landscapes. In addition, this is a simple itinerary, so that all attendees can enjoy the views.  

An accessible route that starts at the Tourist Office, near the majestic Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its surroundings. From there you will be able to contemplate the meridian plaque of Luis Ceballos Medrano, the Arcos de la Compaña, the bronze statue of Felipe II or the viewpoint where you can observe the Garden and the skyscrapers of Madrid.  

Then you can enter the Bosque de la Herrería, a natural space of great historical and scenic value declared a Picturesque Landscape in 1961. The path gives prominence to the Tree of Love, Cruz de los Romeros or the hawthorns, willows, rosaceae and ash trees that coexist in the forest. 

Next, in the Forest, you can stop at the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Virgen de Gracia, the hermitage of the patron saint of the Royal Site. The traditional pilgrimage held in her honor the second weekend of September, was declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest. An ideal place to recharge batteries.  

The path continues through the natural environment that hosts the majestic farm El Castañar and the Fuente de la Reina, giving attention to the Tilo de la Mano, the traditional tree of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. 

This "Ecological Path" will lead you to the Fuente de los Dos Hermanos fountain or the Cueva del Oso (Bear Cave), a perfect stop for the little ones to enjoy. The route continues through the Casa del Sordo, the Maple of Montpellier, the granite boulder and the Chair of Felipe II, where it is believed that the king observed the works of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial.

Finally, the itinerary descends through the forest full of junipers, bushes, torviscos or ruscos, to visit the Fuente de las Arenitas and de la Prosperidad, as well as the Albergue de Santa María del Buen Aire. The Casita del Príncipe and the small balcony of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial will bid farewell to the route, which will be waiting impatiently to see you again. 

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Image credits: La Herrería-El Castañar-Silla de Felipe II©San Lorenzo de El Escorial