A day trip to San Lorenzo de El Escorial

By | 26 August, 2015 | 0 comments

El EscorialLocated among the hills surrounding Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial used to be the favourite summer residence of the Spanish royal family and this time of year it shows all of its charms, especially thanks to the mild temperatures, far from the hustle of the centre of Madrid. It is easily accessible from our designer hotel in Madrid, either by bus (from the Moncloa interchange) or by Cercanías regional train (line C-3 from Atocha, Sol or Príncipe Pío), and in less than an hour you can find yourself in the middle of a place of historical beauty.

Nothing better than a walk around the cosy main street in the town, Calle Floridablanca, which is the home of the Real Coliseo de Carlos III theatre, a valuable building for being the only one that keeps its 18th-century style intact. It has a very interesting programme with shows such as the play The Prince by Machiavelli (August 22nd) or musical concerts (like the one by the pianist Miguel Ituarte, programmed for August 23rd).

However, if there is one place you have to visit here it is the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a solemn Herreran-style architectonic complex ordered to be built by King Felipe II as a spiritual retreat, with the ambition of the Renaissance spirit that the king demonstrated. The building, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also a Spanish Royal Site that can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 8.00pm, with tickets costing 10 euros. As well as the monastery, you can also visit other attractions such as Casita del Príncipe and Casita del Infante (tickets costing 5 euros).

And to relax after the famous Stendhal Syndrome that this place provokes, nothing better than a coffee or a natural milkshake at Croché Cafetín, a café decorated in Modernist style that also serves fantastic cocktails.

And if you go before August 15th, you can also enjoy the local festivities.

Categories: Excursiones Madrid

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