Palacio del Infante Don Luis de Borbón

C/ Marcelo Gómez Matías. Arenas de San Pedro. Avila

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Cultural Visit

The Infante Don Luis de Borbón Palace was a project executed by the Thomas brothers, but commissioned to the architect Ventura Rodríguez, which remained unfinished after the death of the Infante Don Luis de Borbón. Only the right wing of the palace and a part of the main facade could be built. It has a monumental portico of Roman inspiration, soberly decorated in the English neoclassical style.
The Infante Don Luis de Borbón Palace has been declared an asset of cultural interest (according to its Spanish acronym, BIC) in 2012. The Palace has 3 floors, which can be accessed from the portico and a large entrance hall that houses a large imperial-style staircase located in a double height space covered by a vault and delimited by arches and balconies around it.
The years that the Infante Don Luis de Borbón lived in this palace were years of cultural splendor. The Infante's life revolved around art, and he is considered one of the most important Spanish patrons, as well as a great collector. He obtained one of the most important and best equipped science libraries, especially in botany and zoology, with his extensive art collection and a Natural History Cabinet, which made it possible for Arenas to be at the forefront of his time.
Among the great figures who spent time in this palace were the composer Luigi Boccherini and the painter Francisco de Goya, who spent three summers in Arenas de San Pedro painting family pictures.
The Infante Don Luis de Borbón died in Arenas de San Pedro on August 7, 1785, which marked the end of the Infante's court in the town, the abandonment of his palace, and its almost total dismantling. Between 1785 and 1796, the palace was used as a barracks and years later it was occupied by Napoleon's troops, serving as a fortress, until it became a Catholic seminary in the 19th century.
In 1989 the City Council of Arenas de San Pedro acquired the Infante Don Luis de Borbón Palace, and began the work of revaluation and rehabilitation of the building and its gardens. The palace was not only configured as a cultural container, but was also provided with structural and aesthetic improvements, which makes it today one of the most representative emblems of this town, and a cultural and tourist reference for foreigners and outsiders.
Since 2018 the palace has been home to the Gredos Painting Awards Museum. It also hosts events with many years of importance: such as the Luigi Boccherini Festival, the “Palace Days”, Exhibitions, Festivals and Concerts. Undoubtedly, all the events obey to a calendar that tries to remember the golden years of the Court of Infante Don Luis de Borbón.


Guided visit:

Winter season, from October 01 to March 31:

  • From Tuesday to Sunday at 11:00h.

Summer season, from April 01 to September 30 and Easter week:

  • Saturday at 18:00h.

To visit the Castle and the Palace on the same day, select the visit to the Castle at 10.00 a.m. or at 14.00 p.m. and the visit to the Palace at 11.00 a.m. (the visit to the Castle is incompatible with the visit to the Palace)



C/ Marcelo Gómez Matías.  Arenas de San Pedro. Avila

How to get there:

The Infante Don Luis de Borbón Palace is located in one of the highest neighborhoods of the town, surrounded by a perimeter wall, and easily visible from almost the entire town. Its main access is the Puerta de Carruajes from C/ Marcelo Gómez Matías. All the entrances to the town have signs indicating how to get to the Palace, but we recommend parking in the municipal car parks, which are also signposted, and walking to the Palace. For a better access and to know the visit schedules, you can consult in the Tourist Information Office. The accesses to the town are:

  • CL-501, road that links Talavera de la Reina and Madrid, access is by the exit 123 from the A5.
  • CL-502, road linking Arenas de San Pedro and Ávila.
  • Av. 924 which links with Extremadura, passing through La Vera region.
  • Av. 711 and Av. 713, which link the town with the neighbouring towns of El Hornillo and Guisando, which are the natural access to the mountain paths of Gredos.