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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial) Tours

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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial)
Commissioned by King Felipe II as a testament to Spain's devout Catholic faith, the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial—or just El Escorial—was built in the 16th century after the French were defeated in the Battle of Saint Quentin. The highlights of this immense UNESCO World Heritage Site—considered the most important monument of the Spanish Renaissance—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. The site is a must-visit for history buffs and architecture lovers.

The Basics
Most visitors explore El Escorial on a group or private full- or half-day tour from Madrid. The famous royal monastery is frequently combined with either a tour of the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos), a trip to the city of Toledo, or a city sightseeing tour of Madrid. Travelers can choose between basic admission, an audio guide, and a guided tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Day trips from Madrid typically last between 5 and 11 hours, depending on the options chosen.
  • It’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven surfaces.
  • The basilica is the most wheelchair-accessible site, while the palace has a number of staircases.

How to Get There
If planning to visit both El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen, by far the most convenient option is a guided tour from Madrid, set about 37 miles (60 kilometers) away. Independent travelers can catch a commuter train from Atocha or Chamartin station in Madrid. From the train station, it’s possible to catch a local bus to the monastery. You can also take bus 661 or 664 from Madrid’s Moncloa bus station.

When to Get There
El Escorial is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm from October to March and from 10am to 8pm from April to September. Each August, San Lorenzo de El Escorial hosts festivities to honor their patron saint, San Lorenzo, and the Virgen de Gracia pilgrimage passes through the streets of town in September.

Visiting the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos)
Only 9 miles (15 kilometers) from El Escorial is the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), which is frequently paired with El Escorial tours. This monument was built under dictator Francisco Franco's direction to honor those who had died in the Spanish Civil War. For a moving experience, check out the immense cross atop the mountain and marvel at the mosaics in the basilica, where Franco was laid to rest.
Address: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Hours: Oct - Mar: 10am - 6pm, Apr - Sept: 10am - 8pm
Admission: Adults: €10
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Discover Spanish history on a guided half-day visit from Madrid to the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen monument. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Then see the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument built to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.
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Royal Monastery of El EscorialDay Trips

Royal Monastery of El Escorial

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Discover Spanish history and culture on a half-day guided tour from Madrid to the monastery of El Escorial. Tour the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide and have time afterward to explore further on your own. It can be difficult to reach the monastery without your own vehicle, but this tour makes it easy to visit with round-trip transportation provided from central Madrid.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Enhance your experience of two top Madrid region attractions on this half-day tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos). Delve into the opulent beauty of El Escorial, a palatial and monastic complex home to a striking basilica and a burial place for many Spanish kings. Then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people.
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El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid

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Take time out of your Madrid trip to visit the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. This day trip provides fast-track access to El Escorial, the vast Renaissance monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also receive fast-track access to the Valley of the Fallen monument, located in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and built in honor of those fallen during the Spanish civil war.
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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen half-day tour from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen half-day tour from Madrid

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Uncover the mysteries of magnificent landmarks, El Escorial Monastery and The Valley of the Fallen, on an enriching 5-hour tour from Madrid. Travel through the picturesque countryside surrounding Madrid, and embark on a guided tour of the King of Spain’s official residence on arrival at the UNESCO-listed El Escorial landmark. Then, gaze in awe at the monumental memorial of The Valley of the Fallen, a sculpture that commemorates the victims of the Spanish civil war. Gain valuable insight in Madrid’s rich history, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Madrid.
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Toledo Day Tour from MadridDay Trips

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

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Journey through Spain’s history as you visit two UNESCO-listed attractions on this full-day tour from Madrid. Explore the grand Monastery of El Escorial, once a royal residence built by King Philip II, then learn more about the Spanish Civil War as you walk around the impressive Valley of the Fallen. Finally, admire the striking architecture and historic monuments of mountaintop Toledo.
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El Escorial Monastery tour from Madrid with Optional ToledoDay Trips

El Escorial Monastery tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo

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Enhance your experience of two of Madrid’s most impressive monuments on an enriching 5-hour excursion to the Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. With a professional guide, delve into the intriguing history of the arresting landmarks, touring the sacred interior of the Escorial Monastery and gazing at the colossal cross in the Valley of the Fallen. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the majestic medieval city of Toledo and to enjoy a delicious Spanish lunch.
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Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from MadridDay Trips

Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid

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Explore central Spain beyond Madrid even with just a day to spare on this combo tour of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take a walking tour of Ávila’s medieval cathedral and city walls, see the remarkable Roman aqueduct and Moorish Alcazar of Segovia, and marvel at the royal scale of the El Escorial palace and monastery. It's an easy and affordable way to see all three sites without planning a thing.
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Monastery of El Escorial Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo VisitDay Trips

Monastery of El Escorial Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit

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See two of Madrid province’s cultural treasures on this guided half-day tour. Marvel at the 16th-century El Escorial Monastery, built under the reign of King Felipe II, and learn about its rich history as a royal palace, pantheon and basilica. You’ll also journey to the Guadarrama Sierra ranges to visit The Valley of the Fallen, a monumental tribute to soldiers who perished in the Spanish Civil War. Upgrade to include an optional tour of the medieval walled city of Toledo.
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon TourDay Trips

Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

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Enjoy two of the top attractions near Madrid, El Escorial Monastery and the picturesque town of Toledo, for one great price during this full-day Super Saver tour. Check out El Escorial in the morning, visiting the nearby Valley of the Fallen monument commemorating the dead of the Spanish Civil War, and hearing insights into Spain's monarchy and 20th-century history from your guide. Continue in the afternoon to the hilltop city of Toledo, the country's medieval capital, to view priceless art by El Greco. All entrance fees, coach transport, and optional lunch upgrade included.
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Half Day Tour to El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen. Entrances includedDay Trips

Half Day Tour to El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen. Entrances included

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Discover one of Spain's most controversial sites with this tour from Madrid to El Escorial and the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen). Visit of the UNESCO-listed Royal Monastery of El Escorial, built for Philip II, then continue to the Valley of the Fallen, a monument to the casualties of the Spanish Civil War and resting place of Franco.
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PRIVATE TOUR: Hal Day El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen from MadridDay Trips

PRIVATE TOUR: Hal Day El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Private Half Day Tour from Madrid to El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen on a luxury Minibus with an Official Tour Guide to visit the majestic Royal Monastery of El Escorial, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, as well as the whole monument of the Valley of the Fallen. You will start the tour with a guided tour of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial that Philip II had built as a residence and Royal Pantheon. Symbol of the greatness of the Spanish Empire. After the guided tour you will continuing to the Valley of Cuelgamuros where the highest Christian cross in the world (150 meters) announces the location of the Valley of the Fallen, an extraordinary and controversial building site of architecture, sculpture and erected engineering in honor of the fallen in the Civil War that gave way to a long period of dictatorship in Spain. We will visit the interior of the Basilica carved into the rock. This is undoubtedly one of the essential tours from Madrid that should not be missed.
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Full Day Tour to El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and SegoviaDay Trips

Full Day Tour to El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Segovia

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This day trip from Madrid takes in several different sites that would be difficult to reach independently. Start by visiting the Royal Monastery of El Escorial then continue to the Valley of the Fallen, a controversial monument to the Spanish Civil War. Finally, head for Segovia for a walking tour to the Aqueduct, Alcazar, and more.
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Full Day Tour to El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and ToledoDay Trips

Full Day Tour to El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo

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This guided tour takes you to multiple sites in one day that would be tricky to access independently. Begin by visiting the Royal Monastery of El Escorial before continuing to the Valley of the Fallen, a controversial memorial to the Civil War and resting place of Franco. Afterward, embark on a walking tour of Toledo to discover attractions including the Cathedral, Jewish Quarter, and Alcazar.
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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Guided Tour by Train from MadridCultural Tours

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Guided Tour by Train from Madrid

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Immerse yourself in the royal history of San Lorenzo de El Escorial on this guided tour from Madrid. Travel by historical train, built in the early 20th century to enjoy the scenic journey and learn about train travel in Spain during that time. Once in El Escorial, take a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monastery and spend some free time wandering or getting a meal at one of the local restaurants (own expense).
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided VisitDay Trips

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit

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You don't need a car to visit two of the most impressive monuments located just outside of Madrid. Ride a luxury bus from the capital to El Escorial, the former residence and now burial place of generations of Spanish kings. Skip the line to enter the royal monastery, library, basilica, and Pantheon while a guide illuminates centuries of Spanish monarchy. Later, pay tribute to another chapter of history at the Valley of the Fallen, where a church carved into a rock marks the losses of the Spanish Civil War.
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Ecotourism in San Lorenzo de El EscorialHiking & Camping

Ecotourism in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Excursion based on the interpretation of nature and the observation of the fauna and flora characteristic of the natural environment of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Private TourDay Trips

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Private Tour

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Venture outside Spain's vibrant capital city and explore two important monuments on this half-day tour. First, visit one of the Spanish royal sites at the El Escorial Monastery and explore its sprawling complex. Then, move on to the Valley of the Fallen monument, with its giant cross and basilica, built to commemorate those killed in the Spanish Civil War.
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El Escorial: Royal complex between mountainsNature & Wildlife

El Escorial: Royal complex between mountains

We'll leave Madrid by train and, in around one hour, the landscape will return magic: the huge complex, with Monastry, Palace, Library, kings and princess Panteon... unforgatable experience. We'll visit all, and lunch between montains in a well preserved 19th century art deco style village; and back walking around trees, half an hour to the train station to returning to Madrid, even once coming from El Escorial we will feel diferent, much better and relax :)
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Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day TripDay Trips

Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip

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See a selection of Spain’s incredible attractions at a discounted price with a Madrid combo tour. In the morning, discover the architectural grandeur of the El Escorial monastery and feel emotionally stirred at the Valley of the Fallen monument, a moving sculpture that commemorates the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. In the afternoon, venture to the royal city of Aranjuez and visit the regal residences and impressive monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal city with a knowledgeable guide. Save 15% percent when booking both of these enriching excursions.
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen morning tour & Night Flamenco Show with drinkDay Trips

El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen morning tour & Night Flamenco Show with drink

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Pair a visit to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen with a nighttime Flamenco show during this 5-hour excursion. Tour El Escorial, an elaborate UNESCO World Heritage complex combining a royal palace, monastery and religious center rolled into one. Then explore out the Valley of the Fallen, a monument built by Franco to honor the victims of the Spanish Civil War. Finish with a performance at Flamenco Torres Bermejas, one of Spain’s most iconic venues. A drink at the Flamenco show is covered.
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Segovia Day Trip & El Escorial Royal TombsDay Trips

Segovia Day Trip & El Escorial Royal Tombs

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Combine visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a single tour from Madrid. With all transportation provided, this multi-stop tour in Segovia is made easy and there's no need to rent a car. Your guide will provide insightful commentary as you visit Segovia's historic old town, El Escorial, and the Pantheon of Kings.
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Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Private TourDay Trips

Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Private Tour

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Even with limited time in Madrid, see other highlights of Central Spain on a private day trip to the World Heritage cities of Ávila and Segovia. All logistics are arranged by a personal driver and guide, who takes you directly to Segovia’s ancient aqueduct and alcazar palace, plus Ávila’s magnificent cathedral and old city walls. If time allows, extend your sightseeing to the El Escorial monastery—once the home of Spanish kings.
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El Escorial Tour - Madrid by BeetlePrivate Sightseeing Tours

El Escorial Tour - Madrid by Beetle

El Escorial has a storied and glamorous history, having functioned as a basilica, pantheon, university and traditional home to the King of Spain. This tour matches that charm and glamour, taking you to El Escorial and other historic sites in a stylish 1970s convertible VW Beetle. With a guide on hand to answer your questions, get intimately familiar with some of the historical and cultural highlights of Madrid.
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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial) hours of operation: Oct - Mar: 10am - 6pm, Apr - Sept: 10am - 8pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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