SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, located in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama, was a royal summer residence halfway between Madrid and La Granja de San Ildefonso. Thanks to this, it has a large number of monuments of that time, which today has been converted giving rise to a city full of charm, cultural atmosphere and leisure options. We have prepared 7 geolocated itineraries so you don't miss anything.
The Monastery and Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
The Monastery is a place of impressive dimensions and great value. Highlights include the monumental Basilica, the Royal Pantheon where Spanish monarchs of the houses of Austria and Bourbon are buried, the Pantheon of the Infants, the Library and the courtyards, which could not be missing in a summer residence worthy of kings. This Historic-Artistic Ensemble is completed with the Casa de los Oficios, the Casa de los Infantes and the Casa de la Reina, the Royal Coliseum of Carlos III and the Casita del Infante and the Historic Gardens of high botanical value.
Because of its singularity, a visit to San Lorenzo de El Escorial should not be made without having enjoyed the wonders that nature hides in places as beautiful as La Herrería and the Pinar de Abantos. La Silla de Felipe II is located about two and a half kilometers from the town. It is said that from this natural observatory the monarch contemplated the development of the works of the Monastery. Some experts assure that these granite seats are the remains of a millenary Celtiberian altar.
In San Lorenzo de El Escorial you can also taste the authentic Madrid and mountain cuisine that you can enjoy in the restaurants, bars, cafes and terraces that flood the streets and squares of this town.
Throughout the year you can see exhibitions of great artistic and cultural interest, such as musical, theater and dance performances in the Auditorium Theater or the Interpretation Center where they will show you the most representative aspects of the history, nature and culture of San Lorenzo.
You can join the people in the Pilgrimage of the Virgen de Gracia, declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, or in the Travesía de las Cumbres Escurialenses, a fantastic journey of approximately 22 kilometers through the four peaks surrounding El Escorial.
More information: Turismo San Lorenzo de El Escorial