Our accessible Segovia and El Escorial day tour will start from Madrid. We will pick you up at your hotel in Madrid or another agreed point in the city, to drive to San Lorenzo de El Escorial first.
San Lorenzo de El Escorial Royal Monastery is an imposing building built as a symbol of the strength of the Spanish Empire in the 16th Century and commemorates the San Quintín Battle. It is also king Carlos V’s mausoleum. You can detect a mix of Italian and Flemish artistic styles by two master architects: Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera, that described Felipe II’s style. Grouping many functions in a single building, it began as a monastery for monks of the Order of San Jerome. The college and seminary complete the religious function of the Monastery and they added the Library for these three centers. There is also a palace for accommodating the king.
The visit includes access to the Basilica, the huge Royal Library, the impressive Battle Room, Austrias’ Palace, Borbones’ Palace, the Kings’ Patio, the Old Church, the Architectural Museum, and the Painting Museum. After exploring these places, we will have a lunch break to refresh and try the local gastronomy.
Afterward, we will drive for 45 minutes to Segovia, a historical city with plenty of important buildings and monuments. Once there, we will discover the Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in Europe. Besides, we will take a stroll along the old city to see historical monuments such as the Episcopal Palace, the Jewish Quarter, or the district of Canonjías.
Next, we will visit Segovia’s Cathedral, known as the Lady of the Cathedrals because of its height and beauty. It is an awesome work of architecture with elements such as huge stained-glass windows, beautiful chapels, and exposition halls. Our tour includes entry to the Alcázar of Segovia, the Artillery Academy and Museum. From the outside, the palace looks like it has been picked from a fairytale. In contrast, the inside reflects the different architectural styles of the kings that were active here.
In the late afternoon, we return to Madrid, which takes about 1.5-hours. Here our accessible Segovia and El Escorial day tour from Madrid will end.