The royal palace of La Granja is located on the northern slope of the Guadarrama mountain range, about 90 kilometers from Madrid. Its name comes from an old farm, that Hieronymite monks of the monastery of El Parral in Segovia had here.
Felipe V retired to this place in 1724 and during the next twenty years magnified the gardens and palace, which was used as a summer residence by all his successors until Alfonso XIII.
There are beautiful frescoed vaults, paintings and furniture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a tapestry museum which exhibits a great collection of works from Brussels from the sixteenth century.
The gardens are one of the best preserved examples of gardens of the eighteenth century, and were designed by the French architect René Carlier. White marble statues, and vases of the eighteenth century decorate the parterres and avenues, together with magnificent sculptures (in lead paint imitating bronze) in the fountains: Neptune, Apollo, Andromeda, the Anfitride Cascade in front of the Palace, the Baths of Diana, and Fame.
The water for the fountains comes from a large reservoir called The Sea, located above the garden. By the force of gravity, as in the eighteenth century, some water jets reach 40 meters high, as the one of the fountain of Fame.
For more information about opening hours and bookings and purchase of tickets for the visit with your own private guide, for individuals, touristic groups or educational groups, as well as about COVID-19 RULES, see the Museum official website: www.patrimonionacional.es