If you have plans of visiting Madrid then do make San Lorenzo del Escorial one of your stops. A location that will give you pleasant surprises in all sorts of ways. Of course, it also makes for an ideal location to take some of the best photos with your favorite Lomo camera.
El Escorial is a municipality in the Community of Madrid (Spain), which belongs to the region of Cuenca del Guadarrama. It is located in the northwest end of the region, at the foot of the southern slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama, and about 46 kilometers from the city of Madrid. It is popularly referred to as “El Escorial de Abajo” to differentiate it from the neighboring town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which received the informal name of “El Escorial de Arriba”. It is crossed by the river Aulencia, the main tributary of Guadarrama.
Within its boundaries, the famous Monastery of El Escorial was erected in the 16th century. However, this construction is currently in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a municipality that emerged two centuries later as a segregation of El Escorial. Therefore, the building is also known as the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Since June 21, 2006, the municipality is protected by the Community of Madrid as a historical site. It is linked to neighboring municipalities Santa Maria de la Alameda and Zarzalejo. It received the site name, Real de El Escorial but presently, it is also known as Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial or Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and El Escorial.
In addition, the Casita del Principe, one of the major monuments of El Escorial, is part of those declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on November 2, 1984 – referring to the Monastery and the Royal Site.