THE ROYAL ROUTE (RUTA DE LOS REALES SITIOS)
This royal route allows to discover the real Spain, immersing yourself in its history, following in the footsteps of its rulers and exploring some of its most regal sites.
Suggested access airports: Madrid
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de CHINCHÓN
Chinchon is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages in the region of Mardrid. Setting-off from the Plaza Mayor, we suggest a tour by foot to visit the Lope de Vega Theatre, the churches, the convents, the Casas de Cadena and the Palace of the Counts. Just a few kilometres away lies Aranjuez. This area, named a World Heritage Site is an idyllic location and was in fact chosen by the catholic monarchs as a resting-place for the Spanish rulers. The gardens and the palace are just some of the places that must not be missed. Madrid is not far from Chinchon and offers numerous activities as Spain’s capital.
Second night: Parador de LA GRANJA
The royal site of La Granja is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama, some 90 km from Madrid. King Philip retired here in 1724 and for the next twenty years he enlarged the gardens and palace, for use as a summer residence for his successors. The beautiful palaces, the gardens, the fountains, the interesting the Vidrio museum are all perfect excuses for a stay in this parador. There are also a number of hiking routes in the Guadarrma mountains, setting-off from either La Granja or Valsain Whilst staying at the Parador, don’t forget to enjoy the spa.
Third night: Parador de TORDESILLAS
We are now in the province of Valladolid, and as the river passes through the town of Peñafiel it becomes broader, its agricultural boundaries expanding. The town’s vernacular architecture shows its connection to wine, as does the enormous castle, today home to the Provincial Wine Museum (Museo Provincial del Vino). Cotarro de San Pedro, a lovely hill populated by wineries, indicates that we are approaching Pesquera de Duero, a town long linked to wine production. Valbuena de Duero, home to the prestigious Vega Sicilia winery, among others, and Santa María de Valbuena Monastery (headquarters of the Ages of Man foundation) are the highlights of the last stage of the route through the province of Valladolid. Further along this route lies the Riaza River Gorge, between the town limits of Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela, Maderuelo and Valdevacas de Montejo.