Around Madrid 07.01.2020
Finally public holidays are off and I could return to more vivid pace. In the morning I even had an impression that I won't make all the plans for the day and have to move a bit faster (it turned out I wasn't right).
Manzanares castle from Middle Ages nowadays is in a good shape. Thanks to restoration in the beginning of last century. Fortunately the Middle Age atmosphere is still there. It's really cool.
The wonderful view from the castle on town nearby and the nature.
Just in 35 away from the castle there is monastery El Escorial. It's also a King's residency.
Accidentally I entered through exit. As I understood this way allows people to visit the church for free by intention. Unfortunately I because of that I had to run around to find a ticket window to access the restricted area :)
The area is huge. The place is beautiful, but in very minimalist style. Well, it's a monastery anyway.
The only luxury place is the church. It turned out no photos are allowed inside. However I learned that only after I took a few. So here we are:
The parking is a pain here. All the parking nearby are paid and expensive. Fortunately they have wifi zones there (:
It was a pleasure to walk on streets nearby. Coffee in one of cafes was delicious.
Ran into exhibition about biblical stories. It was still there after yesterday celebration. Looks nice.
Closer to evening time I managed to get to the Valley of Fallen. It's a monument in honor of Spanish civil was in beginning of 20th century. However it was in the news in 2018. Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was buried here, however due to local politician efforts his grave was moved to another place. Good job.
I've no idea why, but I though it'd be interesting to add a picture from grocery shop here :)