ESCORIAL PRIVATE BIKE TOUR: Built between 1563 and 1584 the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a historical residence of King Felipe II and was one of the biggest buildings of the Spanish Renaissance period.
It is still one of the most impressive and most-visited royal sites in Spain today and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. The Monastery gets its name from a Habsburg victory at the Battle of St. Quentin in 1557, when the Habsburg forces beat the French, who were being led by the Marshal of Montmorency and Duke Emmanuel Philiberto of Savoy. To honour the victory day – August 10th – King Felipe the Second had the monastery dedicated to the memory of the saint, and the building’s layout was designed to look like a gridiron – the oversized barbecue grate on which St. Lawrence met his maker.
9 am Pick up at your hotel and van transfer to Escorial.
10am Visit to the Monastery.
11,30am Bike ride around Escorial or crossing the mountains to Manzanares.
14pm Stop for lunch. Traditional Spanish food.
15pm departure to Madrid
16pm Arrival to your hotel.
100% asphalt, secondary roads
Road / Hybrid biking
After the El Escorial visit there are two biking options. The first is a gentle ride through the nearby forest of Bosque de la Herreria to ¨the seat of Felipe II¨, a huge granite rock with wonderful panoramic views and then on to the town of Peralejo for lunch.
The other option is a more challenging mountain climb to the town of Navacerrada followed by a downhill ride to ¨Manzanares El Real¨ and its famous castle and on to the town of Soto El Real.
Tourists are pleasantly surprised by this idyllic retreat on the southern slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama, just 50 kilometer outside of the Madrid metropolitan area. Nestled in the little town of San Lorenzo del Escorial (El Escorial) is the UNESCO-listed Royal Monastery and Palace of El Escorial, built in the 16th century for Philip II. The mystic king dedicated the monument to Saint Lawrence after the Spanish troops defeated the French in the Battle of Saint-Quentin on August 10, 1557. El Escorial was once a center of political power during the Spanish Empire. The immense monastery and palace complex, with its inestimable treasures of art, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain.