Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso

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17 Plaza de España, San Ildefonso, Spain
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Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso Reviews

Vikram Vikram
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Definitely a refreshing break from Segovia, not that one needed it! Oct 25, 2012
Ever received a gift, and then found out that there was a surprise gift hidden inside it? Or, you will the lottery and a cruise ticket on the same day?! Well that was my experience with the La Granja Palace.

The Palace is nested deep in the mountains of Sierra de Guadarrama and is a delight from the minute you enter. The fees are a bit expensive, but was so impessed with how well the security check is - extensive X ray machines, personal check, etc. The Spanish really take their security seriously.

Anyway, the Palace by itself is incredible. You follow the directions/signs and you actually start on the 1st floor. Each room is so big and got all kinds of valuables. My favourites were the tapestries on the top floor - so large! Literally ceiling to floor, and in some cases wall to wall. And then there's the lower floor with all kinds of marble statues and heads. Overall, it was just amazing, and I spent so much of time here... plus, I was the only one! (Yep, only guest in the palace with a gazillion security around).

And then, there's the garden....

This was the time where I really really wish I had spent more time here. This reminded me a lot of the Boboli gardens in Firenze, in that it's not ONLY huge, but it's also not easy to navigate as everything is spread out. I had spent a bit more time than hoped here, and I had to head back to Segovia within 45 mins if it meant I catch my train back to Madrid... so unfortunately I hurried through everything. There was a fountain, amazing statues (surrounded by fountains with no water, wonder why) and unlike others, they kind of had a bronze'ish colour). So as you can imagine, it was a photog's dream.

There were VERY VERY few people here which is quite surprising, I didn't actually "discover" La Granja but it was mentioned in my Frommers' book. I do hope that people visit this place. It's a good enough thing that one gets to go to Segovia, but seeing this is more the icing on the icing (Segovia) of the cake (Madrid).
One set of statues near the founta…
The lower floor of the palace - ea…
Another statue in 1 of the halls
View of the gardens across the Pal…
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