The Friars' Garden is located at the foot of the Monastery, along the south façade, surrounding the monks' quarters. It was designed by Juan de Herrera in the second half of the 16th century and sits on an artificial terrace built to overcome the unevenness of the terrain. It has a marked geometric design, formed by a succession of spaces arranged longitudinally, each of which contains flowerbeds with a fountain in the center.
The King's Gardens, intended for private use, extend under the Royal Apartments. They have terraces on the lower level, from which one can contemplate the surroundings of the Monastery. To safeguard privacy, they are separated from the Friars' Garden by discreet stone enclosures, although the dividing walls have doors that allow a complete tour of the complex.
The gardens are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free access.