San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Gardens of the San Lorenzo Monastery in El Escorial

Contact details

Avenida de Juan de Borbón y Battemberg s/n
28200  San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid  (Madrid)
Tel.:+34 918905903
Tel.:+34 918905904
Fax.:+34 918907818




The gardens extend through the monastery's main cloister, known as the Evangelists' Courtyard (Patio de los Evangelistas), as well as through the southern and eastern forecourts. They are in a sheltered location and receive the best sunlight, making them an ideal place for a pleasant stroll, even in the dead of winter. Philip II, who loved gardens, took a personal interest in these, bringing in specialised gardeners, so that the beds of brightly-coloured flowers bordered by box hedges looked like "fine rugs from Damascus". Today, in these same beds, the hedges interweave designs without flowers. You can enjoy this incomparable place in the different gardens surrounding the monastery: the private King's Garden, the Friars' Garden and the Convalescents' Gallery.

Practical information


  • From Oct 01 to Mar 31
  • From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 18:00
  • Closing days: Monday
  • From Apr 01 to Sep 30
  • From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 20:00
  • Closing days: Monday

Closed: 1 May, 24, 25, 31 December.


  • Admission free


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