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Things to do in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Historical Monuments in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Valle de Los Caídos
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Pantheon of the Kings
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Interior of the Valley of the Fallen
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Holy Cross of the Valle de Los Caídos
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Library of El Escorial
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Palaces in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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The San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery just outside of Madrid is one of the best things to see on a day trip from the capital. The monastery is set on the edge of the mountains in an atmosphere of oak groves, rolling hills, gardens, and ponds and a stroll through the geometrically-manicured gardens with the snowy mountains in the background is a very welcome chance to disconnect from the graffiti-riddled chaos of Madrid. The interior of the monastery is spectacular and has some frescoes and painted cupolas to rival anything found in Rome (my wife swears it's better than the Sistine Chapel). Aside from the artwork, the other highlight is the royal crypt, a lavish circular tomb of gold leaf, velvet, and hardwoods that's easily the most impressive part of the entire structure.
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Villages in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Only 50 kilometers from the capital, is the unique town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. We all know of the famous monastery. But few know the natural setting and magnificent views that can be enjoyed from the routes around the area. You can hire a bike or buggy to explore the area, providing a unique and effortless way to enjoy the surroundings of this royal site in a differnt way. There are eight predefined paths and the possibility of making your own route. Come and meet us at the Floridablanca 1 kiosk and enjoy a wonderful experience.
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Historical Monuments in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Valle de Los Caídos
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The Valley of the Fallen is a part of our more recent history. That's where Francisco Franco and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera are buried along with 35,000 combatants from both sides in the Civil War, Nationals and Republicans. This place was ordered to be built to honor the war dead, and it got a spectacular and grandiose location. If you're a fan of history, this is a must-see for you. It's a shame it's not given sufficient funds to keep it in perfect condition, but we know that in this country continues to remind us of our history. We're the only ones who lose out.
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Viewpoints in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
The Chair of Philip II
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Philip II's chair is not only an exceptional viewpoint, where you can enjoy wonderful views of the greatness of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its beautiful surroundings. It is also a piece of history as it was the place where Philip II watched the original building of his monastery.
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Nature Reserves in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Mount Abantos
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Climbing Mount Abantos (right in front of El Escorial), one can have a wonderful time with the arrival of winter and the first snowfall. There are plenty of routes you can have super-fun with road cars or quads. As you'll see in the photos, fun is guaranteed. That's right, do not ever take your adventure without the right car.
Gardens in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Friars Garden
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Friars Garden is a little place where time seems to stand still, and where the senses regain prominence: The relaxing view with green hedges is touched with the vivid colors of the roses, the smell of boxwood fills the air, the quiet running of the fountains fills the ear. In the distance, on a clear day you can see the big city, a paradox in this environment. On the left, you can see the the grand Herrera facade with hundreds of eyes on it. On the right, you can see the peaks of the escurial inviting you out. Whoever enters this place, doesn't leave unchanged.
Historical Monuments in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Pantheon of the Kings
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Going to the Pantheon impressed me - going down the dark stairs, surrounded by marble, giving the place a unique and sombre ambience. When you get to the center you are surrounded by all the coffins, each with their own name, with the next one all prepared. I do not like the idea of having a coffin with my name on waiting for me. Another thing that surprised me was the Pantheon of Infantes, ie the children who have died, which is designed so that it looks like a wedding cake, it was strange association of ideas that came to my mind.
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Zoos in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Palaces in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Paintings and Frescoes in El Escorial
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The library in the Monastery of El Escorial is one of the most important in the world. It is located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and was built by King Philip II to commemorate the victory at the Battle of San Quintin. The choir of the Basilica of the Monastery is a spacious rectangular room, decorated with paintings of Luca Cambiaso or Loqueto and represent the Holy Trinity and legions angels and the blessed.
Train Stations in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Festivals in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Monumental Nativity Scene of El Escorial
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San Lorenzo ofEl Escorial welcomes to Monumental Belén thousands of tourists who come to see this representation of holiday scenes. Around 2 of the most famous and central squares of the city, lie the pieces, among which there are armies of Romans, the Magi and animals, and an elephant being one of the most striking figures. There is a representation of the people that is very real, with its pig farms, crops, etc.. It is a great plan to go with family and especially with the kids who are sure to enjoy lining up with a nativity scene that seems to come alive at times. Maybe the only drawback is that for those dates in San Lorenzo de El Escorial is usually very cold, which makes you wander not far from the crib. It is regularly overcrowded especially for the 3 Kings day and the new year, but the rest of the day, there is no trouble walking without stress and take snapshots of the crib.
Paintball in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Of Touristic Interest in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Interior of the Valley of the Fallen
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The truth is that this place is a little bit overwhelmed, right in the middle of the Sierra de Guadarrama. What was surprising, especially, were its dimensions: the huge cross, made of concrete and granite, the Abbey and the huge crypt, decorated in an austere and sober manner Franco's tomb is. From here the views of the Sierra de Guadarrama are stunning.
Historical Monuments in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Holy Cross of the Valle de Los Caídos
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Besides polical issues, the cross in the Valley of the Fallen is an impressive view from any of the surroundings. The cross is flanked by the four evangelists with incredible dimensions (150 meters tall) so that you can see it from 40 kilometers away from anywhere. It's the tallest Christian cross in the world and it's in the vicinity of San Lorenzo del Escorial, a town with a lot of history.
Forests in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Viewpoints in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Viewpoint of Abantos
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From Mount Abantos, after a good snowfall, you can see the beautiful landscapes like the ones in photos, and you can also get some exercise going down to San Lorenzo del Escorial to enjoy the impressive Monastery.
Museums in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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The best things to do in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Have you decided to visit and are wondering what to do in San Lorenzo del Escorial?

Congratulations, this city has a lot to offer tourists. Of all the things to do in San Lorenzo del Escorial, a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial is the most important. The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a complex that includes a royal palace, a basilica, a cemetery, a library, and a monastery. It was built between 1563 and 1584. Because of its size, functional complexity, and its huge symbolic value, it was once considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World and is the most important monument in San Lorenzo del Escorial.

Other places to visit in San Lorenzo del Escorial are the houses of the Prince and Infante, two palaces of the eighteenth century that were built by Juan de Villanueva. Other things to see in San Lorenzo del Escorial are the pleasure pavilions for Carlos IV, then Prince of Asturias, and his brother Infante Gabriel de Bourbon. There are many San Lorenzo del Escorial attractions where you can learn more of its history and legacy. For example there is the Chair of Felipe II, a rock in the middle of the mountain where, as the story goes, the king used to sit and watch the progress of the works of the monastery.

One attraction in San Lorenzo del Escorial remains controversial, as it is one of the most visited in Spain -- the Valley of the Fallen. Also called the Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen, it was built between 1940 and 1958 on the orders of fascist dictator Francisco Franco. The remains of the dictator and about 34,000 soldiers of the Spanish Civil War, both from the fascist side and the Republican side, are buried there. It is one of the top San Lorenzo del Escorial activities.

Finally, if you are still hunting for more stuff to do in San Lorenzo del Escorial, pay a visit to the city during one of its many festivals, such as the festivities in August or Easter. Enjoying the city and the festive atmosphere during this period is one of the best things to do in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.


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