The existence of Valdemorillo is documented from the year 1302, under the reign of Alfonso XI.
The Caño de San Juan (Saint John’s Fountain) dates back to at least 1869, but it is believed to be even older.
the Ermita de San Juan (The Hermitage of Saint John) was built in the mid-19th century on the remains of a much older building and was restored in 1998.
As you enter the town of Valdemorillo, the Fábrica de Harinas (The Flour Factory) stands out for both its size and architecture.
The cemetery is not just a lovely place to visit because of its history but also for the impressive views of the town and the sierra.
This is one of the town’s most charming squares and it features some iconic stone architecture.
This beautiful cellar was built in the 16th century using granite blocks and was used as a cool place to store kaolinite, the white clay used to manufacture crockery at the nearby Falcó ceramics factory.
Also known as the Sociedad de la Aulencia (The Aulencia Company), founded in 1845, the factory produced fine crockery with high-quality designs that won many national and international awards.
This building is known amongst the locals as the ‘H’ because of its shape. These schools date back to the post-war period and were built as part of the plan to re-build those areas that suffered the most destruction during the Civil War.
Considered to be one of the finest churches in the province of Madrid, this building can tell us a great deal about the history of Valdemorillo. It has been built, re-built and extended many times over the centuries, and it is still possible to see the various marks and traces of its past.
Next, we come to a lovely little street that truly represents the town and its most recent history.
The Fountain Spring this is the most important fountain in the town and has always been a popular place for locals to meet and catch up. It was originally built in 1888 but was renovated a number of times between 1906 and 1933.
The building is found in the Plaza de la Constitución and has witnessed many chapters of the town’s history. It was most recently renovated in 2010 but has preserved its traditional mortar and stone façade.
On streets like Calle de las Reyes, Calle de la Oliva or Calle Real, you will find a number of doorways, lintels and crests that point to the town’s illustrious past and tell us a little about its noble former residents.
This icehouse, dating from around the 16th or 17th century, is an underground cave in the form of a semi-circular arch built using granite blocks.
The winery in Valdemorillo was an obligatory stop for any visitor to the town.
The town’s proximity to El Escorial has meant that many illustrious figures from history have passed through Valdemorillo.
This site was originally used to tan hides, hence its name. However, this process produces a rather unpleasant smell, and being so close to the town, it was turned into a communal laundry instead.
It is unknown exactly how old this dam is, but it is certainly a lovely and peaceful spot just outside of town where you will feel as though you’ve travelled back in time.
This communal laundry was built in 1914 when the previous site, La Tenería, was deemed to be too small.
Valdemorillo is well-known throughout the world of bullfighting, and the bullfighting season begins each year on the 3rd of February, with the town’s annual fiesta dedicated to Saint Blaise.
It sits on the site of the old hermitage of the Bleeding Christ. There are no remains of the hermitage today, but there are some fantastic views of the town.
Valmayor Hermitage is conserved the head and the old bulrush in good condition. The rest is contemporary and has been recently restored