San Ildefonso Travel Guide

  • Main façade and garden.
    Main façade and garden.
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  • Plaza de Espana.
    Plaza de Espana.
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  • Calle Alameda.
    Calle Alameda.
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San Ildefonso Things to Do

  • Entrance to the Royal Seat.

    The Puerta de Segovia with three sections of wrought-iron railings from 1767 is the main entrance to the Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso located at only 12 Km from the city of Segovia.From the iron gate a straight avenue leads to the Palace and gardens.The Royal Seat counts many other buildings that served as quarters for the king's...

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  • VISIT OF THE ROYAL PALACE.

    The thirty three rooms open to visits belong to three distinct sections.1° Most valuable is the tapestry collectionThe 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...

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  • THE SCULPTURES.

    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...

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  • FOUNTAINS.

    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...

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  • THE GARDENS.

    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...

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  • Main façade of Juvarra.

    This is a really exceptional combination of architectural and garden beauty. The façade designed by Filippo Javarra (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...

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  • Collegiate Church and Royal Palace.

    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...

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  • Water games

    The gardens of the Royal Palace have 26 fountains, all different and all pretty, working only by gravity effects. Each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, they show a different set of 4 of them, and then there's a crowd walking along the gardens moving from fountain to fountain, here and there with some wet surprises. The show begins at 17.30, and it's...

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  • Mercado Barroco

    Each year, in June, there's a popular fair recreating baroque traditions. Most locals dress according to that times, and the feast is simple but pleasant, as I could testify twice.

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San Ildefonso Restaurants

  • Good restaurant near the Palacio.

    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...

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  • Restaurant of the Parador.

    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 sight the wine cart was expensive but some wines were at a promotional price and 16 € for a good Ribera del Duero was a bargain for us who pay much more in Belgium for that type of wine.Presentation...

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  • We became regular clients

    Good restaurant, with acceptable prices, It was my common choice in 90% of the meals, during the three days that we passed there (twice). Judias de la GranjaMerluza

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