San Lorenzo de El Escorial Travel Guide

  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    by jorgejuansanchez

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Things to Do

  • The Monastery

    For those who haven't seen Mafra, in Portugal, the size of the monastery impresses at first sight. Funny, the similarities between these two churches: Huge, some kilometers out of the capital, totally dominating their home towns, however, they differ in style and history. Well, accept my challenge and read about it in Escorial , for instance, in my...

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  • The Pantheon

    Almost directly underneath the main altar of the Basilica is the Pantheon. Completed in 1654, the pantheon is a fairly sombre thing, though far more ornate than a lot of the rest of the Escorial. Kings are on the left of the altar, queens are on the right. There up to 8 pantheons, showing the spouses, children and family of royalty.There is a...

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  • El Escorial- Palace of Phillip II

    The Royal Apartments were surprising in that they were so austere. Normally, most palaces you visit will show how amazingly wealthy the occupant was, Phillips personal quarters were almost the opposite. There are many contradictions about Phillip, at once he was a very wealthy monarch with all the riches from the New World while at the same time he...

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  • El Escorial- historical background

    El Escorial was built by Phillip II, the second Habsburg King of Spain. He was the son of Carlos V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, and Isabella of Portugal. Unlike his father, however, Phillip grew up in Spain and was happy living in Spain. Spain had suddenly gone from being a collection of warring principalities to a united kingdom under...

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  • El Escorial

    El Escorial was built by Phillip II as a monastery/mausoleum/palace. Construction went from 1563-1584 and it is often pointed out the Escorial was at one time the largest building in the world! The Complex consists of a monastery, basilica, a seminary, a school, the kings palace and the mausoleum. The art in this site is just magnificent! The...

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  • Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caidos

    The original idea was to construct a fitting tribute to the Nationalist side, the victors in the Spanish Civil War. Later on, under pressure, Franco changed the intent, saying that it honored all the fallen in the Spanish Civil War. This gigantic structure is located 13 km (8 miles) north of El Escorial and is visible from a good ways away. The...

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  • The Pieta

    This huge Pieta was carved by Juan de Avalos above the entrance to the basilicaIt is massive, 12 meters long and 5 meters high.

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  • The Cross and Basilica

    Visible from everywhere in the valley, the Cross at Valle de los Caidos is 150m (490 ft) high. Directly under the cross the basilica is carved into the Rock of Nava. The basilica is carved 250 m (820 ft) into the mountainside. Construction was completed in 20 years and was performed in part by prisoners of war. I remember reading in several places...

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  • Walking Tours

    There are a couple of walks you can do through the town. One takes you through the architecture of the 18th century which was a result of Carlos III decision to create a leisure and recreational area of the city for visiting royalty.The other walk takes you through the architecture of the 16th century including the monastery during the time of...

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  • Tourist Office

    The tourism office is opposite the side of El Escorial Monastery at Calle Grimaldi. The have all kinds of interactive information about the town and surrounding areas as well as maps on walks you can do. They are open everyday. Mon-Thurs 11.00am-6.00pm, Fri-Sun 10.00am-7.00pm.

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  • A Collection of Tin Men

    Just as you come into (or on the way out) is a small grassy area on the side of the road with what appears as some tin sculptures. On further searching I managed to explain myself enough to the tourist office there to get some explanation of what it was all about. It seems that these characters depict a protest which was suppressed by Napoleonic...

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  • Mount Abantos

    Mount Abantos is part of the Sierra de Guadarrama and has an altitude of 1,752 metres. Its name comes from Abanto which is a species of Egyptian Vulture. The Mountain was also known as ‘Good Bear Mountain’ because of the amount of bears found there.

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Hotels

  • Hotel Posada Don Jaime

    San Anton No. 24, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 28200, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Los Lanceros

    Renovated in 2003, the Miranda & Suizo Hotel (or just El Miranda), is the oldest hotel built in San...

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  • Hotel Florida

    Calle Floridablanca 12-14, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, 28200, Spain

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Restaurants

  • Rompicapo Pizza

    Right in the centre of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is this lovely Italian restaurant which is housed in an early 19th century mansion. The décor is tasteful with antique tables and chairs. They serve some traditional Italian dishes such as parmigiana, gnocchi, spaghetti and pizzas which are cooked in a stone oven. Open 1.30 – 4.00pm and 9.00pm –...

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  • Excellent place for tapas

    Very typical taberna (tavern) and "formal" restaurant, they serve great tapas.- Fax: (+34) 91 890 15 16

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  • Cozy place

    We were hungry after our tour of the monastery and decided to walk around and look for a place to eat. As the snow began to pick up and the temperature continued to fall, we decided that we just needed to get out of the cold, so we ended up at El Candil. Andrew and I sat down and decided right away that the restaurant was a bit too quaint and...

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Nightlife

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    Built in 1770 and renovated in 1978, this Theatre offers concerts and theatre.

    - Fax: (+34) 91 890 87 36

    Other site: www.madrid.org/clas_artes/teatros/carlosIII/index.html

    Real Coliseo de Carlos III (S. Lorenzo Escorial) Real Coliseo de Carlos III (S. Lorenzo Escorial)

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Transportation

  • By Train

    These webs will give you all the information you need to know if you want to go to San Lorenzo by train. However, from the station you need to take a bus to the centre of the town (it takes just a few minutes). Don't forget that the railway station is called just El Escorial.- www.renfe.es (Spanish railway company)- www.ctm-madrid.es-...

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  • By Train to Valle de los Caidos

    The C8A train from Madrid departs every hour to Valle de los Caidos from 5.45am. During peak times the service is half hourly. The last departure from the valley is at 10.15pm.

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  • By Bus to Valle de los Caidos

    From San Lorenzo de El Escorial there is a bus 660 which leaves every half hour from the Plaza de la Virgen de Gracia to the gates entrance of the Valle de Los Caidos. There seems to be only one bus though a day (3.15pm) which goes all the way to the monument. From Madrid, bus 661 departs from Moncloa interchange between 7.00am and 10.30pm on...

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Local Customs

  • Pilgrimages

    I don't know if it is common, or I just had luck, but I watched in Escorial a very interesting parade. Clearly, it was the real people, here and there with very naif details, but always with the Spanish garb.It's interesting to check when do they happen, this pilgrimages.

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  • San Lorenzo

    The Escorial itself was dedicated to Saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo), presumably to honor the Spanish victory against the French at San Quentin, which took place on the Feast of St Lawrence on August 10, 1557. Who then was San Lorenzo? He was the third century martyr. He was the custodian of the chalice, the cup that Jesus and the Disciples drank from...

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  • Romería de Nuestra Señora de Gracia

    Every year, the second Sunday of Septembre, there is a Romería (pilgrimage) to this beautiful Ermita (Hermitage) which is in La Herrería).

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Warnings and Dangers

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    by Redang Updated Mar 25, 2008

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    This is a Warming advice rather than a Danger one.

    Maybe you are confused with El Escorial and San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Both of them are different towns, with different mayor, different city hall, different council, etc. Both towns are, let's say, some meters apart or maybe, offically, no meters at all. As soon as one town ends, the other one begins.

    However, all of us say El Escorial to call San Lorenzo de El Escorial because, as you can realize, it's much shorter. The Monastery is in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

    For those who want to go by train, this is the advice. The railway station is in El Escorial, so, if you check the schedules, look for El Escorial. From the station, there are buses that will take you to San Lorenzo de El Escorial in just a few minutes.

    Monastery (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain)

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Off The Beaten Path

  • Valle de Los Caidos

    About ten kilometers distant, away from everything, in the wild mountain, a big church was carved in the rock, to be used as memorial to the victims of the civil war. Very appreciated during the dictatorship (and despised by the catholic church), it's a place that invites to think. And that is the healthiest exercise!

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  • La Casita del Príncipe o de Abajo (1)

    La Casita del Príncipe o de Abajo (The Little Prince's House or The Lower House or The Cottage Down Below or...), was built in 1.772 by Juan de Villanueva for the then Príncipe de Asturias (Prince of Asturias), later Rey (King) Carlos IV.- Fax: (+34) 91 890 78 18How to get there:From the railway station of El Escorial (have a look at my "Warning &...

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  • Sierra de Guadarrama

    The Sierra de Guadarrama are a mountain range in the centre of the Iberian Peninsular. They extend from the northwest to the southeast. The area was rarely visited until the 1920’s when a rail link was built to connect through to Madrid. The sloping granite hillsides are filled with pine forests which have today some small holiday resorts nestled...

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Sports & Outdoors

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    by Redang Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    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)

    Monte Abantos (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain) Las Machotas peaks (San Lorenzo Escorial, Spain) San Benito peak (San Lorenzo Escorial, Spain)

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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Favorites

  • General Info

    Tourism OfficeCalle Grimaldi, 2- Tel.: (+34) 91 890 53 13- Fax: (+34) 91 890 82 66- Internet: www.sanlorenzoturismo.org- E mail: info@sanlorenzoturismo.orgThe office is a few meters away from the main entrance of the Monastery (for the visit). You even can see it from the Tourism office. The Basilica has its own entrance.

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  • The Weather

    It's cold in winter and hot in summer, however, due to San Lorenzo is at the feet of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the nights are excellent.For the forecast, check www.inm.es/web/infmet/predi/locali/MAM.html, go to "Listado completo de municipios" and look for San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

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  • White Christmas

    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...

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