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If you’re visiting Madrid, you should definitely spend half a day on a side trip to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It’s an essential visit, where you will admire the monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with secrets from the history of Spain hidden inside.
Symbol of the Spanish Golden Age, the Monastery of El Escorial was the first example of the architectural style which came to be known as Herrerian after its creator, Juan de Herrera.
With our licensed guide, you will go along the rooms used by Philippe the 2nd and his court, including the bedroom where he, despite being ill, continued ruling his immense empire till he passed away in 1598. You will visit the outstanding basilica, the mausoleum, with the tombs of most Spanish kings along 400 years, the impressive library, etc.
El Escorial helps us to understand better a period of Spanish history and art that are basic for Spaniards but also for the rest of the known world in those days.
Ávila will always be associated with the image of its city walls. Visible from far away, they are among the best-preserved and most complete in Europe. They protect a medieval World Heritage City of cobbled streets, interesting churches, delicious local cuisine, and a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. The walled enclosure dates back to the Middle Ages.
In Ávila we can find the cathedral too. Its construction was originally begun in the Romanesque style, but the project was subsequently taken over by the master architect Fruchel, who built one of the first Gothic cathedrals in Spain. The cathedral sanctuary is integrated into the city wall, which formed part of the city’s defensive fortifications. We will start discovering this city accompanied by our local guide, who will show you the highlights of this unbeatable city where St. Theresa was born, one of the most important mystical writers we ever had in this country. Afterwards we will head to Segovia, where a typical Castilian lunch will be waiting for us.