28 miles North East of the outskirts of Madrid. El Escorial was the seat of power in Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was apparently also a monastery at some time. I believe it, the place was HUGE. The current royal palace is located in the heart of Madrid.
Escorial is a very small town situated on a hill. In the distance it is possible to see the towers of Madrid. This picture looks off in a general Madrid direction (Madrid is a little to the left). You can see a royal swan, some royal olive groves, and far in the distance Madrid's reservoir (which is Madrid closest 'beach')
|Real gold crowns!|
|Very French gardens|
|The center is an Apricot tree|