Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Mainly we wish we had more time, particularly at the Valley of the Fallen. We happened to visit on Sunday of Corpus Christi so enjoyed part of the mass, but it limited the time inside the basilica.
It was very moving! The tour guide was very professional and informative. Highly reccomended!
So happy I did these tours. Each was a significant addition to understanding the Spanish culture and history.
Escorial and the Valley of the fallen were amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
Excellent tour with excellent guides. The only negative is it isn't long enough. Another hour would have helped
Highly recommend this tour - we learnt so much Spanish history. The monastery is very austere in parts and ornate in others. It is amazing to learn that all the kings and queens of Spain are entombed here. Have a coffee and croissant in the little café. Delicious! The Valley of the Fallen is definitely worth a visit. It is certainly not a happy place but it gives you such an insight into the Franco regime in Spain.
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.It was pouring with rain but it didn't dampen our spirits too much.The monastery was the first stop and on the way we were able to see the huge cross that dominates the Valley of the Fallen.The. Monastery is a huge beautiful building.One third is a working monastery and another third is a private school.The guide explained the main features of the main rooms of the former palace.The bus parks in the main bus station so you can have a quick pit stop on the way back as there is a bakery nearby if you need to grab a snack.On to the valley of the Fallen.
Cross shrouded in cloud-it was an awful day like I said.
Awesome building.Definitelty makes you think, but so glad to see it.Ive read about it in books and novels but to see it in the flesh was amazing.
Well worthwhile. All went like clockwork. Franco's tomb was chillingly awesome and the valley had the same dark presence that pervades Glencoe.
This was wonderful - the tour guide Sofia was excellent - would highly recommend.
The monastery is breathtaking, and the Valley of the Fallen (which I had never heard of before going there) is a unique sight. Well worth it.
Guide was excellent. He explained about as much for the Spanish speakers as the English speakers. We had an excellent English speaking guide for inside El Escorial as the group was split by language. As a mining engineer I found the underground basilica at Valley of the Fallen quite incredible. How were such a large opening constructed in the 1940-50s? Forget the politics.