After a first day of bicycle touring in which my legs suffered greatly while dragging the bike through beautiful fields and canyons segovianas, I faced an important decision in those early hours of Sunday morning.
Again today, the friends of BikefriendlyThey offered us the possibility to choose between two routes. The first consisted of a journey of no more than 12 kilometers that ran through the streets of the historic town of The Farm of San Ildefonso and its wooded surroundings. A second route shared the part of the Farm and extended to the ravine that connects this town with Segovia, and then returned, through rural roads, to our place of departure and base of the weekend, Torrecaballeros. In total, about 32 kilometers.
After finishing exhausted after Saturday's beating, I had promised myself that I would not suffer like this again on Sunday. However, my muscles seemed recovered after the night's rest and it was a spectacular day that instilled encouragement to anyone. So, right in the last second, I decided to be a drag for the group of accomplished cyclists and enjoy the long route. In the end it was shown that it was the best decision.
The Farm of San Ildefonso It is a small municipality of no more than 6000 inhabitants that, however, has a great monumental heritage. Although its most emblematic building is the Royal Palace, they are also worth visiting the cobbled streets of its historic center and the Royal Glass Factory built in the 18th century.
This area of the Guadarrama mountain range It was very important for hunting since the time of the Trastémere dynasty. The Castilian kings built a small palace in the nearby town of Valsain, but it would not be until the time of the Duke of Anjou (Felipe V) when the works of the palace that we can admire today begin. It was the year 1721 and the chosen design was totally inspired by the elements of the French court in Versailles.
The result is a beautiful and lavish palace surrounded by gardens of impeccable order and tremendous beauty.
But since not only man lives monumental architecture, we pedal along the bike lane belt that surrounds La Granja and, shortly, we find ourselves surrounded by a beautiful forest whose trees ran a river dotted by beautiful stone bridges.