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  • Address: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
  • Hours: Open Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm Oct - Mar, 10am - 6pm Apr - Sept
  • Admission: Adults: €8

Once just a sleepy little resort town 28 mi (45 km) northwest of Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial now hosts thousands of tourists coming in throngs to see the famous royal monastery. In addition to being home to an order of monks, this attraction also acts as a royal palace, museum and school. 

Commissioned by King Felipe II as a testament to Spain's devout Catholic faith, El Escorial was built in the 16th century after defeating the French in the Battle of Saint Quentin (with help from the heavens).

The highlights of the immense complex include the elegant basilica, the marble Pantheon de los Reyes, where many kings and their relatives are buried, and the Patio de los Reyes, the entrance to the monument.

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Only 9 mi (15 km) from El Escorial is the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen). This monument was built under dictator Francisco Franco's direction to honor those who had died in the Spanish Civil War. He is also now laid to rest there in the basilica. Go to see the immense cross atop the mountain and marvel at the mosaics in the basilica - it's a moving experience for those on both sides of the war.

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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Madrid Visits, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Madrid Visits

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Book this tour and in less than six hours you will visit El Escorial Monastery and The Valley of the Fallen, two of the most known and impressive monuments in ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.01
Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen

Enjoy this private day tour outside of Madrid including visits to the Monastery of the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. You will travel in a private vehicle ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $272.64
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid

3 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

Take this 5-hour tour from Madrid to discover magnificent El Escorial Monastery, a historical residence of the King of Spain and the Valley of the Fallen, ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.73
Madrid Super Saver: Madrid and El Escorial in One Day Tour Plus Avila and Salamanca Day Trip, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Madrid Super Saver: Madrid and El Escorial in One Day Tour Plus Avila and Salamanca Day Trip

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

Take a sightseeing tour of Madrid and El Escorial palace-monastery, and enjoy a day trip to Avila and Salamanca, on this Super Saver combo of two popular ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $124.20
Madrid and El Escorial Monastery in One Day Sightseeing Tour, Madrid, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Madrid and El Escorial Monastery in One Day Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Madrid and El Escorial Monastery in one day on this full-day tour. Traveling between the sites by air-conditioned vehicle. Then, ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial from Madrid with Optional Toledo, Madrid, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial from Madrid with Optional Toledo

Visit two of the most impressive monuments in Madrid, the Escorial Monastery and the huge cross and site of The Valley of the Fallen, on this exciting 6-hour ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.01
El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

Discover the magnificent Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and visit the "Imperial City" Toledo on this day tour.

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.51
Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show, Madrid, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show

Your morning will be spent in Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. Then, in the evening, enjoy a flamenco show including one drink. Doing both activities in ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.95
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid, Madrid, Theater, Shows & Musicals
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 854 Reviews

Experience the grandeur of Spain on a guided half-day visit to El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument from Madrid. Discover why the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.03
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Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 176 Reviews

Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.50

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