San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Aqueduct & Panoramic views Hiking Tour
Tour with a Local: Jasmin Mazzetti
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, German
Length: 8 km
Difficutly: easy hike
Date: August 31st
Time: 1 h 30 m
Route description: Round trip, Guided walking Tour starting in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
This is a beautiful and easy round trip walk along the old Aqueduct from the Romeral Dam to the stunning panoramic viewpoint “Mirador de Abantos” where you get amazing views over the Royal Monastery and its wonderful surroundings while having a delicious “pincho de tortilla” (the typical Spanish omelette) and a cold beverage. Enjoy mountain wildlife and floraget and get interesting information along the way. So what are you waiting for? Let's do some exercise and go for a hike together!
Visual Route description
The Meet Up: We will meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Hotel Florida, Floridablanca Street, nr. 12, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid
We move forward towards Calle Leandro Rubio where we will find the oldest house of San Lorenzo de El Escorial known as Jacometrezzo's house. This stone house dates back to the 16th century, when the construction of the Monastery began
A few steps ahead you will also see this curious old tram Tracks, part of an ambitious project that never took off. Check this link for more information http://www.escorialnoticias.com/?p=91
Moving away from the centre of San Lorenzo the route begins to ascend... Don't worry, soon you will be able to refresh yourself in a beautiful water fountains carved from granite, Fuente de la Bola.
You will pass in front of Casa Levene, designed by architect Eduardo Arroyo, an icon of modern architecture. An experimental house, among the trees, designed avoiding cutting down any Scots Pine and maintaining the utmost respect for the natural surroundings. You can find it in Netflix documentary miniseries The World's Most Extraordinary Homes.
Next to it the Addams Family House.
A little further on, the path starts little by little entering a magnificent forest with a great variety of tree species, such as Atlas cedar, juniper, numerous examples of white maple, old common limes, chestnut, pine. The sensation of magic and mystery that overwhelms you here is unique and you will enjoy a pleasant shade. Here you can get a rest in the recreational area of Fuente de la Teja.
On this walk you will come upon a river that will need crossing (Arroyo del Romeral)
UPSSSS...No worry, just don't lose your balance
This old aqueduct made of large granite blocks provided water for the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. This aqueduct walk in the forest shadow is one of my favourite.
Ascending the mountain between forests and clearings little by little you will gain height until reaching the highest point of this treck, the viewpoint of Monte Abantos. The views over the Monastery and the entire area are impressive.
Here we will take a break and before starting the descending road to the village of San Lorenzo you will enjoy a typical, delicious and homemade late morning snack “Pincho de tortilla” with a fresh beverage of your choice!
On a different path and with the songs of the birds we will walk down and return to the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, your starting point.
€ 20 per Person
Guided tour by a multilingual local guide, JASMIN MAZZETTI (English/German/Italian/Spanish)
Homemeade “pincho de tortilla” (the typical Spanish omelette) and a cold beverage (choose between Beer, Organic Apple Juice, or still water.
I RECOMEND TO BRING
Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen (lips and skin), hiking footwear, water bottle and toiletries.
GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 5 -15 guests.
Kids up to 8 years old.
For further information, registration, as well as for tailor-made programmes to meet your individual needs and wishes, please feel free to contact me.
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