El Escorial was founded in the 16th century by Philip II of Spain. It incorporates a church, a monastery, a school, and a famous library, and reflects the deeply pious outlook of its founder. The vast complex, said to contain 160 km of corridors, was constructed between 1563 and 1584. Philip's intention was to build a royal burial place for the...more
El Escorial is a poblation situated 50 kilometres from Madrid capital, in the north west of this comunity. Is one of the most famous and visitated places cause here Felipe II ( a past Spanish King) built the Monastery of the Escorial. The constructor was Herrera and is was made in Renacentist times ( in the sixteen century).The weather in the...more
You can go inside and see the rooms (it was about to close when we arrived so we didnt whent inside) and you can walk trough the gardens (open late) and watch the great view, the arquitecture, and some other great things this place has to offer... Watch my travelogue to see some pictures... As I didnt whent inside, I cant talk about it, but outside...more
If you don't feel like walking up to the monastery and if you're taking the train from Madrid, take the bus that departs right outside the train station. It takes about 5 mins to get to monastery for EUR1.10. Before you reach the bus stop at the town center, watch out for the monastery on your left hand side. From the bus stop you will have to walk...more
By car is the best way to get around El Escorial, just because some of the attractions are far from the city centre and tourists buses won´t allow you to get on your way freely. If you´re in Madrid you will be able to rent a car very easily at any of the main train stations and/or the airport.more
You can do day trip from Madrid's Chamartin or Atocha station. The ride takes about 45 mins. After arriving El Escorial, you need to transfer a local bus to go uphill to the centre of the town EUR1.From the bus terminal, you can walk to El Escorial by following a well lead sigh board.On your return trip, you can take bus from El Escorial and the...more
This area leading to the monastery seems to be a favorite place of dog walkers as there's poop everywhere!
Just a few kilometers away from El Escorial there´s a very small village called Peralejo (which is part of Zarzalejo city council). Getting to Peralejo by car is very easy; from El Escorial just get in direction to Galapagar, when you arrive to the bottom part of El Escorial you´ll find a circle crossing; allowing you to get to Galapagar and other directions; one of the other is Valdemorillo; Get that road, and after 3km. you´ll find a small road at your right, where Peralejo is indicated, get that road and after 1km. you´ll be there.
What to do? Well, Peralejo is a town with "more restaurants than habitants" so get there to eat! All restaurants are keen on typical spanish food and not to miss is Roasted Lamb (Cordero Asado or Paletilla de Cordero) with a good spanish red wine (Rioja wines are the best, and most of them are affordable). Just after having a lunch you can cross the road and visit the animal centre they have, with lots of local species which are very well looked after. I think that you have to pay a entrance fee but is not expensive and a very good way to make digestion.