Friday, July 17, 2015

Spanish residents love the weekly
fountain displays at La Granja palace near Segovia. But this month, due to
low water levels, the 26-fountain show will only occur on July 25.
Spain's first Bourbon ruler, King Philip V (1683-1746), was raised
at the court of his grandfather, French King Louis XIV.  Needless to say,
Versailles left an indelible impression on the young monarch, who would go on
to build one of Spain's most sumptuous palaces in the early decades of the
18th century.    Located about an hour north of Madrid on the
north-facing slopes of the Guadarrama mountain range, La Granja was conceived
as Philip's private retreat.  It features some 1500 acres of lush
French-style gardens dotted with Versailles-like fountains—which can
typically be seen in all their glory on specific dates from May through
November, when a selection of a half-dozen fountains are set in action.  
But this July, due to reduced water levels in the nearby reservoir (the
fountains still run on the force of gravity just as they did in the 18th
century), the weekly fountain displays have been cancelled. The lone
opportunity to see all 26 monumental fountains functioning will be at 5:30 pm
on July 25, in celebration of the feast of Saint James the Apostle.
    Sofia Morro
Amid endless acres of manicured gardens punctuated by magnificently grand
marble and bronze fountains, you'll have no doubt that this was once a treat
reserved exclusively for royalty.  But the modern experience is not all
about kingly refinement and decorum.   Groups of children visiting
with day camps seem to relish getting wet when the fountains are at their most
exuberant (for children it's not a bad idea to bring a change of dry clothes
for the trip home).  The fountains with the highest streams—such as the
majestic Fountain of Fame (which shoots water more than 130 feet straight up
into the air)—can quickly soak all present on a windy day.   The
palace can be reached by a series of busses and trains from Madrid, but the
most direct and scenic route would be to rent a car and drive, stopping in the
fairytale-pretty hilltop city of Segovia prior to the late afternoon fountain
display at La Granja. The palace remains open until 8 p. m. (last entrance
at 7 p. m. ), allowing visitors to tour the interior after the gardens.  
Andrew Ferren is on the Spain beat for Travel + Leisure. He lives in
Madrid. More good reads from T+L:
• World's Best Islands
• World's Top 50 Hotels
• Best Places to Travel in 2015 Did you enjoy
this article? Share it. Previous Article Why
Obama Will be the First President in Decades Not to Stay at Waldorf Astoria
Next Article In Color: Get a Glimpse at London During World War II
Visitors to La Granja palace in Spain will have one chance to see its fountain
show this month.

0 commentaires:

Post a Comment

Travel Club. Powered by Blogger.

Popular Posts

Popular Posts