There is little more to say than what has already been said. It's a must-see. As always, it is not the same as seeing it on direct television. I would like to highly a restaurant which we were told had only had been open three weeks. It's called "La Golondrina" and is very close to the bottom of the hill, next to the hotel Spa "Elizabeth Farnese". We ate there a few times and although the menu is not very extensive, the staff is very courteous and also a la carte dishes are delicious and very well presented and plentiful.
The Royal Place of La Granja is situated on the northern slope of the Guadarrama mountains, about 90 kilometers away from Madrid. Its name comes from an old farm monastery that was run by monks from Segovia. Felipe V retired to this place in the year 1724 and during the next twenty years he had the gardens and the palace developed and extended. The palace was used as a summer residence by all his successors until Alfonso the 13th. Recently, the palace has undergone restoration and redevelopment of the collections in the official rooms, so that decoration harks back to the days of Philip V. The frescoed vaults, boxes and furniture from the XVIII and XIX are really interesting to see.
The fountains in the gardens of the Palace of La Granja are beautifully designed. They feature mythological scenes represented in a wonderful style, so when they launch their water jets should be spectacular. We will have to go to see them when they work, since they weren't when we visited! Although we probably won't be able to do it with the tranquility of this visit.
Who has not taken photographs in their favorite places? Well, this is one of mine. I identify it as one of those places that every time you go, you like it more than the last time you were there. This is a place where you can find tranquility that is very much missed during the work day. It is A place where, in addition to contact with nature, you give free rein to your imagination and may decide to photographic great roads marked by huge trees, original sources rich in water, its beautiful palace, etc..
That summer morning, we decided to make a short trip from Cercedilla to Granja de San Ildefonso, not just to see the impressive fountains which of course we saw too, but to focus a bit on the construction of the Palace and take some pictures outside since of course, inside, photos are not permitted. The kings must have had a great time here!. This palace was built by Felipe V in 1721 and by Theodore Ardemans in the place known as the farm of the monks Jeronimos Monastery of El Parral in Segovia. The monarch said, withdrew the same in 1724 and not being subject entirely to the work, for the next 25 years it continued to expand. It was constructed in Baroque style, and its intention was to emulate Versailles, and all of the king's successors visited until Alfonso XIII.
There is a hidden place in the gardens of La Granja that I always like to visit when I go there. To get there, you just have to take one of the roads leading up from the palace and walk for about 15 minutes. I´m sure you will agree that it´s well worth it.
The Collegiate Chapel was used by the kings Philip V and Elizabeth Farnese (his second wife) during their visits to the Palace. At first it was a small chapel, but due to various expansions eventually became a great work of art. It is currently known for the Royal Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity. The vaults feature various frescoes and there is a picture of the Holy Trinity. It also contains a beautiful dome and several towers. It currently has the remains of Felipe V and Isabel De Farnersio. The Collegiate is one of the most photographed places undoubtedly in the town of La Granja de San Ildefonso. In particular, I really like that it is fully surrounded by nature. It is a nice spot to go for a stroll and to get to know.
The art work of Luis Moro that you can see here include glass sculptures that are linked directly with the Royal Glass Factory and artisans, who have collaborated with the artist for their production. Several series of watercolors and paintings that evoke the mythological figures of La Granja.
If you've never seen how glass is made, I highly recommend that you visit the Royal Factory which is situated in San Ildefonso, near the Palace of La Granja. Here you can see the manual blowing of master craftsmen, how they placed the rods in the oven and how, out of nowhere, comes a cup that is almost like watching magic. It is truly something very worthwhile. In addition, the museum that has the Royal Glass Factory is also very interesting, so you have several excuses to visit
It is quite large and has several televisions, perfect for watching a game and have a beer from the beer list. You can also play darts. It stays open until 3am or so. The photos are not very good, but you can take a lot at them to get an idea...
This town with a curious name is 11km from the capital of Segovia and is home to a large number of monuments and San Ildefonso O La Granja attractions. One of the most important places to visit in San Ildefonso O La Granja is the Royal Palace, one of the residences of the Spanish Royal family. This place is managed by the National Trust and receives hundreds of visitors each year. Some of its most impressive features are the gardens surrounding the palace and monumental fountains, truly breathtaking things to see in San Ildefonso O La Granja. It's certainly the most important building in the city and visiting it is one of the top San Ildefonso O La Granja activities. So don't forget to include it on your list of stuff to do in San Ildefonso O La Granja. Another one of the many San Ildefonso O La Granja attractions is the Royal Glass and Crystal Factory, a real manufacturer built in the 18th century that now houses the National Glass Centre Foundation. In addition, there are many other things to do in San Ildefonso O La Granja, like visit the Natural Park of Peñalara, the ruins of the Palace of Valsaín, the old Realeso stables, and the Guards Corps Headquarters, among others. On Minube you'll find more on what to do in San Ildefonso O La Granja today, make your own travel plan and enjoy the experience.