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15
Feb

IE Cultural Excursions club visits El Escorial

Written on February 15, 2019 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Social

On Saturday February 19th, IE Excursions club and students from the Madrid and Segovia campus went to visit the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The small town was quite a sight as the city is characterized by its rich architecture and symbolic presence in Spanish history. The city is full of restaurants, bars and cafes with terraces for everyone to enjoy the fresh mountain air and dazzling landscapes. Although the town itself is elegant and entertaining, it is eclipsed by colossal sight of the Monastery built during the 16th century by Felipe II.

The monastery is made up of several halls, and huge chambers that serve different purposes such as a library containing previously prohibited books by the church, incredible art galleries, a Basilica that Felipe II tried to mimic from Rome, tombs of the kings, queens and other royal family members, and finally vast gardens. The monastery was so big we were only able to experience 1/3 of it in a little over two hours.

We then had around 3 hours of free time to enjoy lunch with friends and explore the town wherever we pleased.

Lastly, before sunset, we went to a place called ‘La silla del Rey’ about 10 minutes from the town which is a set of platforms in junction with the landscape that Felipe II used as an observatory to look at the construction of the Monastery and enjoy the beautiful scenery. For more trips like this, make sure to follow our Instagram page (IE Excursions Club) and keep up to date with the latest news on upcoming trips!

Sebastian Sosa Balbuena
IE Cultural Excursions Club

12
Dec

IE Excursions Club visit to San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Written on December 12, 2018 by Campus Life in Social

Next academic semester IE Excursions Club plans to travel to the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial which is located in between Segovia and Madrid. This would be a brand-new trip which we were originally planning to organize this past September but due to unforeseen changes within Campus Life, we were not able to do so.

Our club has gone so far to: Avila, Salamanca (3 times), and Toledo (2 times). Another new location we are trying to add is the city of Burgos which will be planned for the month of February!

In any case, El Escorial is a very interesting place as it holds a lot of history in the area. Being a UNESCO world heritage site, El Escorial has two main monuments to visit: The Monastery which was a historical residence of the King of Spain, a monastery, pantheon, library, university and a museum and ‘Valle de los Caidos’ (the Valle of the Fallen), which is a monument constructed during Franco’s regime and the location where thousands of his soldiers and himself are buried.

This will be a very interesting trip and compared to the others, a closer one to Segovia as it is only a one-hour bus ride to the town and monuments. So, make sure to join our Facebook page for our updates and we hope to see you guys there!

12
Dec

IE Cultural Excursions Club visit to Salamanca

Written on December 12, 2018 by Campus Life in Social

On November 17th IE Excursions Club went to travel to the historic city of Salamanca with 35 students from the university ranging from students from the Master and Bachelor degrees to IE staff members!

We began the trip from Segovia where we picked up everybody on a bus that would later drive for around 2 hours to the city of Salamanca. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by our tour guide, Antonio, who is a local who just simply loves his city and enjoys sharing the history of it to everyone. This has been the 2nd time we have had him as our guide!

We had an insightful walk throughout the city’s most prominent monuments such as Casa de las Conchas, the University of Salamanca which is a beautiful piece of architecture with 800 years of history making it one of the oldest universities of Europe! We passed through Plaza Mayor and finished at the Cathedral and its ornamental facades.

Later on, as usual, we gave around 2-3 hours of free time to the students to have some lunch and to explore the city in their own account with their friends. We finished the trip by arriving back to Segovia later at night.

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