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The rich heritage of San Lorenzo de El Escorial allows numerous activities to be carried out in its surroundings. This February enjoy dramatised visits, with actors dressed in period costumes, to several of its main monuments and points of interest, take note!
The idea is to bring added value to tourist visits through the presence of period characters, actors and actresses who accompany visitors on the different routes and set the scene. Thanks to this format, the visits become more immersive, and the actors can also explain the history of each place.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays in February you can accompany King Charles III on a tour of the great theatre that bears his name, the Royal Coliseum Charles III. An actor dressed as the monarch will guide visitors around the theatre. This theatre, which dates from 1771, is the oldest roofed theatre in the country. It was the court theatre of King Carlos III and, during its long history, important playwrights have performed on its stage, such as Jacinto Benavente. The theatre is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary.
On Saturdays in February, another characterised tour awaits you. This is "Memories of a lady", a visit that begins in the Lonja del Monasterio, where an accredited guide from the region of Madrid awaits visitors dressed as Madame Jeanne de Chassincourt, who was a lady at the court of Philip II. This route focuses on the reality of the municipality during the 16th century and, specifically, on the situation of women at the imperial court.
In addition, this February, on the occasion of Saint Valentine's Day, Madame Jeane de Chassincourt will also accompany tourists and visitors on Sunday the 13th. On this occasion, the characterised visit will revolve around stories of love, ladies, gallants and entanglements, which the guide will reveal to the public during a stroll at 12 noon.
If you're still hungry for more, the Town Hall is organising more visits set in different historical periods. For example, on the fourth Saturday of every month, there is a traditional free dramatised visit set in the 18th century.
Visit the Town Hall website to book your place on any of these activities and enjoy the trip!
More information: Characterised visits in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Image credits: Façade of the monastery © Vivvi Smak. Shutterstock