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White Christmas

by andal13

I am Uruguayan, and my country is the best place of the world (no doubt!) but it has a little defect: it never snows! At El Escorial I spent the first (and only one) white Christmas of my life... Unforgettable!

Soy uruguaya, y mi país es el mejor lugar del mundo (¡sin dudas!) pero tiene un pequeño defecto: ¡nunca nieva! En El Escorial pasé la primera (y única) Navidad blanca de mi vida... Inolvidable!

The Monastery

by acemj

The monastery itself, commonly known as "El Escorial", is officially named the Real Monastery de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Royal Monastery of St. Lawrence of Escorial). It was built by Felipe II in an impressive twenty one years between 1563 and 1584 in recognition of Spain's defeat of the French at Saint Quentin in 1557.

The architecture of the building itself is very simple, yet it's so massive that it is sure to impress you. The building has a bit of a hollow feel, as if it were devoid of a soul. Perhaps that's because it houses so many tombs, or maybe it's because it was snowing outside when I visited and the stone walls seem to trap the cold inside. The snow outside made the whole daytrip from Madrid memorable!

In the foothills . . .

by acemj

The town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is situated in the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains and dominated by the monastery itself. However, I found that the streets along the edge of the monastery are very charming and full of interesting shops and restaurants. Just head across the street from the entrance to the monastery and walk up the hill and you'll find them yourself!

Hiking/Trekking

by Redang

There are many places where you can go to near San Lorenzo. You don't need specail gear but a good pair of boots plus warm clothes in winter and a cap in summer.

There are many peaks such as Monte Abantos (1.753 m.), which is the highest, Las Machotas, three peaks on a row, or San Benito. The town is just on the slope of the first mentioned peak.

Some webs:
- www.sanlorenzoturismo.org
- Monte Abantos: s.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abantos (in Spanish)

La Herrería

by Redang

This natural environment offers an excellent place to relax and have picnic if you take your own food. The only problem is that it is a bit far from the centre (a few kilometers), I mean, you need either your car or your feet.

How to get there:
From San Lorenzo de El Escorial, take the road to El Escorial, then take road M-505 (to your right, direction, Avila), and after a few kilometers (maybe just one), you will find the Ermita on your left and Silla de Felipe II a bit further (follow the signs).

Internet:
- www.sanlorenzoturismo.org, and look under entorno natural (Spanish) or natural environment (English).

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