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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Yes, it is worth the visit even though I have graded it a 3. What spoilt it for me was the guide (a monk) who seemed quite obnoxious at first - he got riled up when someone asked a question he had already given the...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

Serene, calm, beautiful art and a haven of tranquillity. Guided tour by a monk how had knowledge, personality and unexpected worldliness. Thoroughly enjoyable! Thank you very much!

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

The scenery from Madrid over the Navacerrada range and journey to the Valley was fantastic ,The river and grounds were beautiful and the Monasterio very interesting with paintings of the founder which had been in the Pradountil 2014Our guide Miguel was very knowledgible and interesting

1  Thank pampete5
Reviewed 21 August 2016

I have to say that was a surprise for us, because the initial plan was the "presillas" a small number of pools besides a river in Rascafria Town , in the road we saw the Monastery and stopped a little bit but unfortunately there were...More

Thank icschlick21
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Situated about 90 minutes north of Madrid, the Monasterio is a cultural and artistic gem. The monastery lies about 3km from Rascafría, a small town located in the valley of El Paular, The area is quiet scenic with spectacular mountains all around. Originally founded in...More

3  Thank Pucela08
Reviewed 9 December 2013

When you think you've seen it, you are escorted behind the lovely ceramic altarpiece to a surprising and very different part of the monastery. I won't spoil the surprise but suggest you make sure to sign up for the guided tour.

2  Thank JudyBoz
Reviewed 3 October 2013

The tour is entirely in Spanish; we were very lucky to have someone in the group to interpret into English. The sacristy was the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The outside of the monastery is plain so you don't expect such opulence.

1  Thank Anonymous855
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Good relaxing activity if you are not pressured for time. The short drive to Segovia is more interesting if you don't have a lot of time.

1  Thank fairtraveler80
Reviewed 19 April 2013

It is best to visit on Sunday because that is the only time the church is open and there is a Mass at noon with Gregorian chants, a beautiful experience. King Juan I, King of Castille, laid the first stone in 1390 for the Carthusian...More

6  Thank BennyMalaga
Reviewed 18 May 2011

Located about a mile west of town, the monastery was founded in the 14th century and is still inhabited by Benedictine monks. Tours daily at noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., conducted in Spanish only. Show up at main gate and wait in line near...More

4  Thank J05186
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