Top things to do in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo

Home to the majestic monastery and palace complex of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, this one-time royal getaway rises up from the foothills of the mountains that shelter Madrid from the north and west. Although it attr…
Gardens in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Jardín del Príncipe

The Prince’s Garden, which leads down to the town of El Escorial (and the train station), is a lovely monumental garden. It contains the Casita del Príncipe, a little neoclassical gem built in 1772 by Juan de Villan…
Madrileño in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Restaurante Charolés

One of the most popular destinations for madrileños heading for the hills, Charolés does grilled or roasted meats to perfection, and it's much loved for its cocido (chickpea-and-meat hotpot) which is perfect on a co…
Spanish in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

La Cueva

Just a block back from the monastery complex, La Cueva has been around since 1768 and it shows in the heavy wooden beams and hearty, traditional Castilian cooking – roasted meats and steaks are the mainstays, with a…
Spanish in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Montia

There's a weekend waiting list here of over two months and we can see why – the tasting menus showcase creativity in abundance with a seasonal menu that could include wild boar meatballs or stout beer ice cream...
Architecture in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Casita del Príncipe

A little neoclassical gem built in 1772 by Juan de Villanueva under Carlos III for his heir, Carlos IV.
Gardens in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Jardín de los Frailes

Just south of Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo is the Jardín de los Frailes, which merits a stroll.