Discover the exciting history of the Royal Site of San Ildefonso with this fantastic free tour of one of the most beautiful towns in Segovia province.
San Ildefonso Free Tour
We will begin the free tour of the Royal Site of San Ildefonso by meeting up at 5 pm in the elegant Plazuela de la Calandria square. There we will hear about the origins of the municipality and its links to the kings of Castile, who used to hunt in these Segovian spots next to the Guadarrama mountain range.
In this square, we will also see the beautiful façade of the church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, which dates back to the 18th century. Around the same time, under the enlightened reign of King Carlos III, the magnificent Queen's Gate was also built. We will tell you the story of this portico, which together with the Puerta de Segovia is one of the main entrances to the Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
Between these two gates is the impressive Casa de los Infantes. Stopping in front of this historic building, we will tell you how it evolved into the current Parador of La Granja, part of a network of luxury hotels housed in historic buildings around the country. From there, we will continue the free tour next to the former premises of the Guardia de Corps and the Royal Stables.
The next stop is in Plaza de España square, where we will see the rear façade of the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso. The whole complex is in a markedly French style, which was to the taste of King Felipe V. The first Spanish monarch of the House of Bourbon wanted to build a "miniature Versailles" to remind him of his native country.
At 7 pm, we will conclude the free tour by observing the Royal Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity from the outside. Unlike the vast majority of Spanish monarchs who rest in the Royal Pantheon at El Escorial, Philip V and his second wife, Isabel de Farnesio, are buried there.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Alcoholic drinks are not available.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.
English speaking guide
When to book?
You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
Yes, you must attend with a carer.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
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If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
29, Plazuela de la Calandria square.