Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso
Plaza España 15
40100 San Ildefonso o La Granja), San Ildefonso, Segovia (Castile-Leon)
National Heritage certification
It is located in the Guadarrama mountains and was once a royal residence, and an example of European palace architecture.
Henry IV of Spain built a hunting pavilion in this area in 1450, and the Catholic Monarchs later donated the property to the Hieronymite monks of El Parral. In the 18th century, Philip V, the first Spanish king from the Bourbon dynasty, built the Royal Palace of San Ildefonso, a magnificent example of European palace architecture. Its gardens and fountains are styled after Versailles, with constant references to legends and mythology, and the rooms are decorated with marble from Carrara, Japanese lacquer and crystal chandeliers. Its name comes from an old farm (“granja”) owned by the Hieronymite monks.
- Construction: Palace
- Artistic period: Baroque
- Historic period: 18th century
- Setting: Royal Glass Factory, House of the Princes, Servants' and Guest Quarters
- From Apr 01 to Sep 30
- From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 20:00
- From Oct 01 to Mar 31
- From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 18:00
- Closing days: Monday
- General: €9
- Reduced: €4
- ICOM members and associations: Admission free
- Disabled persons: Admission free
- Large families: Admission free
Free admission: children under 5 years. Admission free Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
Audio guide, Guided tours