Palacio de los Infantes, Parador de La Granja

Calle de los Infantes, 3 40100 Real Sitio de San Ildefonso Segovia

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Cultural Visit

The Royal Residence of La Granja is a beautiful small town just 11 kilometers from Segovia, at the foot of the Central System mountain chain. La Granja boasts a spectacular Parador housed in the Casa de los Infantes (House of the Infantes), built by Charles III in the 18th century as a home for the infantes Gabriel and Antonio, and the headquarters of the Guardia de Corps, which contains a modern conference and convention center, just 55 minutes from Madrid.

This exclusive location offers 16 meeting rooms with a capacity of more than 600 people. The décor is modern and the rooms are bright and comfortable, all located in a historic and natural setting. The hotel is in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, near the Royal Palace of La Granja, with its beautiful gardens and fountains, and the Royal Glass Factory, now the Museum of Glass, making it the perfect spot to rest and relax, enjoying the elegant beauty of the area.

La Granja is an enchanting place and the Parador allows you to enjoy it to the utmost. Modern facilities, including a spa and spacious, well-equipped guest rooms, make it ideal for conference tourism or for a romantic getaway with your partner. You will find it difficult to forget strolls through the gardens of the royal palaceand the incredible show offered by the water flowing through the fountains.

Live the History

In austere Castile there is a place which evokes the refi ned splendour of the European baroque courts, La Granja de San Ildefonso. In the French style, is the most hedonistic of the Royal Sites in Spain, built around the baroque palace and with one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

The building which has been a Parador de Turismo since 2007 stands beside the Palace of La Granja. The enormous four fl oor building measuring two hundred metres long is the old Casa de Infantes (House of the Princes), constructed in 1770 in order to accommodate the servants of two of the children of King Carlos III, Gabriel and Antonio. This is a very long rectangular building, organised around three patios which lead onto narrow corridors which provide access to the dependences. What is most noticeable is the sobriety of its facades where only the pediments which crown the gaps and an entrance door break the most absolute simplicity. In its interior, totally rehabilitated after a fi re in 1984, the three interior patios planned for grand archery meetings. Behind it are the Barracks of the Guardia de Corps converted into a Convention Centre of the Parador. In this case, we fi nd a building designed for military use where the troops and services were centralised, thus its T design, its towers and rear patio. As in the current Parador, only the facades were conserved and, after their rehabilitation, they recovered their trompe l’oeil classical columns and the very original classical green colour. 

The Two Borbon Princes

The Princes, Gabriel and Antonio de Borbón y Sajonia, the sons of King Carlos III, could not have been more di erent. Gabriel was the “Enlightened prince”, while his brother was well known for his good natured character. He was very keen on bookbinding and carpentry. Destiny did not treat them equally either, Gabriel died young while Antonio witnessed his nephew Fernando VII reigning after the War of Independence. Both had been born in Italy where their father, the future King Carlos III of Spain was King of Naples and Sicily. However, when they were children, they moved to Madrid where they would live for the rest of their lives. Gabriel soon showed signs of his interest in culture. He translated from Latin, composed pieces for organ and brought together an important collection of art. His life was soon cut short when he died of smallpox a few days after his wife and his new born son. This family tragedy deeply a ected King Carlos III who was said to have felt a special predilection for this son. While his brother had a long and polemical life. Pérez Galdós confessed that he had made a mistake with him. In the “Los Episodios Nacionales” (National Episodes) he termed him “the most benevolent of men”, however, he demonstrated that he was a fi rm supporter of his nephew, King Fernando VII and the implacable return to monarchic absolutism. He occupied important posts in the Spain of King Ferdinand VII.

A complex system.

The interior of the Parador is structured in three interior patios with four heights visible through galleries of semi-circular arches. Especially outstanding is the patio of the sink. This was a large patio for the evacuation of unclean water located in the middle of the building and which had spouts on each fl oor separated by dovetailed brick walls and which terminated in the basement in a clearing well. It was a very modern system for the epoch. 

 

 

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Location

Address:

Calle de los Infantes, 3 40100 Real Sitio de San Ildefonso Segovia

How to get there:

From Madrid, take the AP-6. After the Guadarrama Tunnel, take the AP-61 to exit 88, which connects to the SG-20/N-110 ring road. Follow signs for La Granja.

 

Airport:   95 km

Train Station   11 km

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