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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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Madrid and El Escorial Monastery in One Day Sightseeing Tour, Madrid, null
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Madrid and El Escorial Monastery in One Day Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Full-day Tours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid

3 star rating: Worth doing 10 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 $71.30
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid, Madrid, Half-day Tours
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 423 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 $74.75
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing ... 
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Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 26 Reviews

Combine two tours in one and see the best of the Spanish capital with a visit to El Escorial Monastery and a sightseeing tour of Madrid. This day trip takes ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.85
Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show, Madrid, Super Savers
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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 $105.80
El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 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 $110.40
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid, Madrid, ... 
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Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid

3 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

The Madrid Super Saver combines two best-selling tours at a discounted price – becoming a fantastic day out. Experience the grandeur of El Escorial ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.46
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid, Madrid, Super Savers
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Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

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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 $118.46
Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen, ... 
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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 $274.86

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