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San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Located in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range (on one side of Mount Abantos), just 50 kilometres from Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the main towns for cultural tourism in the area. Its principal attraction is the Monastery and Royal Residence of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Next to the Monestery the 'Casas de oficios, the Casa del Infante and the Casa de la Reina' can be visited. 

Besides the Monastery, the town San Lorenzo de El Escorial has more to offer,  at the end of the Calle Leandro Jacometrezzo, the oldest house in town is located. Walking around in this town with its colourful squares can be a nice activity as well. With a stroll along the three parallel streets the local atmosphere can be enjoyed. There are also some gardins to visit, besides the town also offers several hiking routes for people that enjoy nature! 

Sources:
 https://www.esmadrid.com/en/trips-el-escorial
https://www.spain.info/en/route/san-lorenzo-escorial-trip/
https://www.sanlorenzoturismo.es/