Royal Palace of la Granja de San Ildefonso
Neo-classical urban structure with open spaces and landscaped gardens.
Its main facade was inspired by the architects Juvara and Bautista Sachetti.
Treasury of lamps, furniture and paintings. Its bronze lamps and glass come from the Real Fábrica de Vidrio de la Granja.
The ROYAL GARDENS create an elegant, Baroque scene, with a rich variety of plants and fountains.
FOUNTAINS dramatising tales, poems and mythological characters.
All the fountains can be classified as astistic monuments, including the fountain of Andrómeda, Carrera de Caballos, Apolo, and the Baños de Diana.
The old quarter of the Guardias de Corps and the Reales Caballerizas, and next to these, the Casas de Oficios, de Infantes and de Canónigos.
THE CHEMIST'S GARDEN
This was inaugurated after its restoration on the 15 June, 1998 by the Reina S.M. Doña Sofía.
It is normally open to the public on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and is situated behind the wood of the Fuente de la Fama. It is accessed from the doorway known as Partida de la Reina which separates it from the other gardens in the Palacio Real.It consists of 3000 square metres of planting ground for medicinal plants such as sage, cabbage, onions, box, thyme, mint, tabacco, rosemary...situated next to an old Jeronimite hermitage. The garden and hermitage date from the fifteenth century, during which time there were more than 300 species which served as the pharmacy of the Casa Real.Now around 100 species have been planted which have been commonly used since the Middle Ages.
Royal Palace of RioFrio
Ordered to be built by Isabel de Farnesio, it was used by the Borbones as a shooting box and place for relaxation.
Palace built with grey blocks of stone and decorated with pink plaster.
The rooms are situated around the central interior courtyard with large rooms decorated with sumptuous furniture from the nineteenth century.
It is now the Museo de Caza.
The Palace maintains the romantic ambience of the nineteenth century.