It’s time for the blog to live up to its name and come back to the area around Madrid, as most of the recent blog entries have been dominated by my travels around Spain. Today, another suggestion for a short trip close to Madrid.
It’s true that it’s actually the province of Segovia in Castilla y LeÃ³n, but it’s history is closely linked to Madrid and is only a stone’s throw away from the city.
La Granja de San Ildefonso is home to what was yet another summer residence for the Spanish Royal Family and served this function for almost 200 years, up to 1931. Currently, the interior of the palace is open to the public (entry costs â‚¬9, but is free on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s after 15:00).Â It’s not the palace itself which attracts crowds of tourists. The greatest attraction are the beautiful, French-style gardens and the numerous, impressive fountains they are home to. A stroll around the park is an perfect way to spend the hot summer days, but autumn is also a great time to visit when the trees change to a beautiful golden colour. The photos below were taken in November. The fountains were not working at the time, so that’s why it’s worth coming back at different times of the year. You’ll love it!
It’s worthwhile including a visit to San Ildefonso when planning your trip to Segovia.