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This area leading to the monastery seems to be a favorite place of dog walkers as there's poop everywhere!
Written Feb 3, 2006
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.
Written May 3, 2005