La Granja Travel Guide

  • The façade of the Royal Palace.
    The façade of the Royal Palace.
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  • The avenue to the Palace.
    The avenue to the Palace.
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  • Map of the Gardens.
    Map of the Gardens.
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  • Weather at La Granja de San Ildefonso.

    Located at an altitude of 1190 m (higher than Segovia 1005 m) visitors should no be surprised that it freezes and snows in winter. This is not the Costa del Sol!Summer is not so warm, about 21°C, because of the altitude.When we were at La Granja beginning October day temperature was about 17°C and only 6°C at night. We were lucky to have chosen for...


    It is not surprising that the grandson of Louis XIV after seeing the fountains of Versailles wanted to have fountains in the gardens of his Spanish Palace. Twenty-six fountains with sculptures decorate the park. The water is that flowing from the mountain and collected in a reservoir called "El Mar". The several kilometers of iron pipes by simple...


    This is the best preserved collection of French decorative sculptures of the first half of the 17th c.They are mainly the work of two artists:René Frémin who created numerous works for Versailles and Jean Thierry who made many sculptures at Marly destroyed by the Revolution. When these artists had returned to France the task was completed by...


    Most visitors to La Granja de San Ildefonso go there to see the gardens. Actually for King Felipe V the garden was more important than the palace.Philip V as a grandson of King Louis XIV had admired the Gardens of Versailles but for his retirement at La Granja he preferred as model another garden of the Roi Soleil i.e. Marly (destroyed under the...

  • Royal Palace - Sculpture collection

    The ground floor with 12 rooms houses the sculpture collection of Felipe V and Isabella Farnese. Part of it belonged to Queen Christina of Sweden. Unfortunately few of these sculptures are antique originals as most were sent in the 19th c. to the Prado museum in Madrid. For connoisseurs the plaster casts now on display are interesting as they were...

  • The Tapestry Museum.

    The guidebook of the Palace says: The Tapestry Collection of the Spanish Crown, the richest in the world … owes its exceptional quality and quantity to the dominium of the Spanish Sovereigns of the House of Austria (Hapsburg) over the Low Countries (presently Belgium). The Catholic Monarchs and the Spanish aristocracy were very fond of this refined...

  • Visit of the Royal Palace - Main floor.

    The 33 rooms open to visits belong to three distinct sections:Most valuable is the tapestry collection which I will describe in another tip. The ground floor houses the sculpture collection in 12 rooms decorated in the Italian manner. It is the subject of a specific tip.Sixteen rooms on the main floor overlooking the beautiful main façade from...

  • Visitor's entrance and carriage...

    Left of the collegiate church is the visitor's entrance to the Royal Palace and the Patio de Coches - Carriage courtyard.This courtyard was mostly designed by Procaccini and opens on the lower part of the garden with the fountain and glades "de la Selva" (the forest).The Palacio Real and its collections of mainly Flemish tapestries*, furniture,...

  • Main façade by Juvarra.

    This is a really exceptional combination of architectural and garden beauty. The façade designed by Filippo Juvarra (also designer of the Madrid Palace), adapted and built between 1737 and 1743 by Sacchetti, looking on the parterre and the New Cascade is described as "one of the most admirable examples of late Baroque architecture". I hope my...

  • The Horseshoe Courtyard.

    The large wrought-iron gateway dating from the reign of Felipe V but only installed in 1844 leads to the gardens (free entry most of the time) and to the south-west wing of the Palace called the Patio de la Herradura - The Horseshoe Courtyard. This courtyard in the shape of a French Cour d'Honneur is rare in Spain and was intended by King Felipe V...

  • The Real Palacio.

    When arriving at the collegiate church turn right to pass the Casa de Officios (with book and gift shop), then under the Arco de Infantes to reach on the left the entrance to the gardens and the west part of the Royal Palace in U form around the Horseshoe Courtyard.The entrance to the gardens is free except the few times the fountains are working....

  • Real Colegiata - Collegiate Church.

    Passing by the huge trees of the Plaza de Espana one discovers the dome and towers of the Real Colegiata de la Santísima Trinidad - Collegiate Church built in the first half of the sixteenth century as a royal chapel by architect Teodoro Ardemans and later enlarged by Andrea Procaccini.Originally it had the goal of being a royal pantheon. The...

  • Casa de los Infantes = Parador

    One of the most important buildings of the Royal Seat is the Casa de los Infantes dating from 1770 and built by Jose Diaz Gamones in the Baroque style and a classical rectangular shape with three interior patios for the servants of the princess (= Infantes) Don Gabriel and Don Antonio sons of Carlos III.This most monumental building located left of...

  • Plaza de Espana.

    At this plaza one discovers the wonderful combination of the architecture of the Palacio Real y Collegiata (Royal Palace and Collegiate) and superb trees planted in 1877 by the head gardener Antonio Testard. The Spanish firs and the two enormous Sequoias have grown superbly and compete with the spires of the Palace. I don't remember I have seen...

  • Alameda Avenue to the Palace.

    From the Gate of Segovia the walk by the Alameda Avenue to the Palace is really nice thanks to the monumental royal buildings that appear behind the trees. On the left the Cuartel de Guardias de Corps (Guards' barracks), now transformed in the congress hall of the Parador, from 1764 and on the right the Caballerizas Reales (Royal mews) from 1738.


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  • A good menu for visitors of La Granja.

    We went here at noon and tried their Menu de la Granja at 14,50 €. The menu included soup, main course, dessert and wine all that for 14,50 €! The dishes were local and simple but good and the wine 3/4 l. was a Ribera del Duero! Furthermore the service was kind and even multilingual!We came back twice in the evening for diner. We choose à la carte...

  • Restaurant of the Parador better than...

    Usually we go to more local restaurants but here it was late, the restaurant we had intended to go was closed, we were tired so that we stayed in the Parador for dinner and it was a good experience.Paradores always propose some local dishes and as we like to discover we took the Parador Menu at 33 € for starter, main course and dessert. At first...

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    by breughel Written Jan 13, 2013

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    Puerta de La Reina.
    This is another entrance located left of the important building Casa de los Infantes (house of the princess) now the Parador de la Granja. Cars can not enter the historical city by this gate.
    There is a large free parking space for tourists.

    parking for tourism. Puerta de la Reina and Parador.
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    • Museum Visits

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  • Fountains spitting water every day ?

    If I was the king I would set up a foundation that would place pumps on all these dry fountains so that water would stream out of the sculptures every day, not at 17.30 h when day-tourists have left, but in the early afternoon. All that water would be recycled so that the fountains could play all the year.If I was the king I would have the...

  • Tapestry Collection of Spanish Crown.

    I discovered the richness of the tapestries made in Brussels and Flanders first by a visit to Le Louvre "The Hunts of Maximilian" (12 tapestries from Brussels) and the Flemish Tapestries at the Museum of the Middle Ages - Cluny in Paris, later by my travels in Spain. It's pleasant to see that my small country during a couple of centuries was not...

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