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Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos) Tours

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Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos)
Built into the mountains north of Madrid, Spain's Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos) is a memorial to those who died in the Spanish Civil War. Erected by Nationalist leader Francisco Franco, the sight has been steeped in controversy. The somber attraction is known for its ziggurat-like facade, vaulted crypt, and granite cross.

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Particularly popular among history enthusiasts, the Valley of the Fallen is an easy day trip from Madrid, with many travelers booking a regional sightseeing tour to avoid the hassle of navigating public transit. Both private and group tours typically offer guides and transportation on the roughy hour-long drive from Madrid. Visitors that want to see more can book tours that include a stop at the nearby Escorial Monastery.

Things to Know Before You Go
History enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Valley of the Fallen—it commemorates the Spanish Civil War and is the site of Franco's crypt.
Architecture enthusiasts appreciate the basilica and crypt, inspired by 16th century Spanish design.
First-time visitors should should consider a tour, since the sight is a good distance from Madrid's city center and transit options are limited.
Private tours typically provide hotel pickup and drop-off and may include lunch.

How to Get There

Visitors that don't want to book a tour can travel to the Valley of the Fallen independently, using the 664 bus from the Moncloa interchange in Madrid. Buses run frequently during the week. After you arrive, find a second bus that runs directly to the monument, once daily, from the San Lorenzo de El Escorial bus station. Since this bus has a limited schedule, confirm departure times before your visit.

When to Get There
Valley of the Fallen is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and closed on Mondays, and hours vary by season with extended hours from April to September. Though there's no bad time to visit, plan to arrive during the week to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more personal experience at the memorial.

Visiting the Nearby Monasterio del Escorial
Visitors find a historical residence of the King of Spain, the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a short drive from the Valley of the Fallen. This late-16th century complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site—known commonly as Monasterio del Escorial—includes a church, monastery, palace, and library. Advance tickets are available, and tours from Madrid often include entry to the sight.
Address: Carretera de Guadarrama/El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid 28209, Spain
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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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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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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 El Escorial and The Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Designed for travelers that prefer a personalized experience, this private 5-hour tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) guarantees undivided attention from your guide. Departing Madrid, you’ll travel in a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle and discover two of Spain’s most symbolic attractions. Marvel at the 16th-century El Escorial monastery and visit the imposing Valley of the Fallen monument, a colossal crucifix that commemorates lives lost during the Spanish civil war. Round-trip transport from your Madrid hotel is included.
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Segovia day tour from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Segovia day tour from Madrid

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The royal monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the remarkably preserved Old Town of Segovia are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit both in one day on this tour from Madrid. Enjoy a guided tour of the monastery and visit the Valley of the Fallen in Escorial, then explore the Alcazar and medieval streets of Segovia on a walking tour.
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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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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 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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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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El Escorial and Valle de los Caídos excursionDay Trips

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The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is the monument that best summarizes the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish “Golden Age”. - It was built in the 16th century under the mandate of the powerful King Felipe II, and conceived as a residence, monastery and pantheon of the Royal House, becoming a symbol of the greatness of the Spanish empire. - It has been declared a historical artistic ensemble, and World Heritage Site in 1984. - The Valley of the Fallen is an impressive monument erected in memory of the fallen during the Spanish Civil War.
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Half Day Tour Escorial y Valle de los Caidos con Tickets Included from MadridDay Trips

Half Day Tour Escorial y Valle de los Caidos con Tickets Included from Madrid

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This is tour is ideal for time-tight travelers interested in religious sights and historic monuments. Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental, and instead, travel with ease between sites in a luxury bus with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Monasterio del Escorial, and visit the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) monument and Catholic Basilica.
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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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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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Private 8-hour Tour of Madrid + Escorial Monastery and Valley of the FallenDay Trips

Private 8-hour Tour of Madrid + Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen

See the best of Madrid on this private full-day tour that showcases the top attractions and historical highlights. Follow your local guide to the Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. Learn about local customs, traditions and history as you make your way through the sights. Enjoy the luxury and convenience of a private guide and chauffeured vehicle on this top tour.
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Private 5h tour Escorial Monastery & Valley of the Fallen from Madrid w/ pick up

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 with a private chauffeur to ensure your guide´s full attention.
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Segovia, Ávila and Escorial with Valley of the fallen in two days from MadridOvernight Tours

Segovia, Ávila and Escorial with Valley of the fallen in two days from Madrid

A perfect option to discover 4 cities in two days. Segovia and Ávila, World Heritage Cities in Spain and mix them with Escorial and Valley in this magnificent day-long visit.
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Escorial and Valley of the Fallen ExcursionDay Trips

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Excursion

- Tour the magnificent royal monastery of El Escorial - It was considered, since the end of the 16th century, the Eighth Wonder of the World - Discover the Basilica of the valley carved into the Mountain
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Segovia, Ávila, Escorial and Valley in two days from Madrid with Toledo includedOvernight Tours

Segovia, Ávila, Escorial and Valley in two days from Madrid with Toledo included

Discover two of the most important World Heritage Cities in Spain, Segovia and Avila. Mix them with Escorial, Valley and Toledo in this magnificent multi- day visit.
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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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Historical Sites: Escorial, Valle de los Caidos & Segovia with Lunch from MadridDay Trips

Historical Sites: Escorial, Valle de los Caidos & Segovia with Lunch from Madrid

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Discover the evolution of Spanish imperium from past till the modern time. Visiting the ¨Valle de los Caídos¨ you will discover Spain of 20th century. Exploring the Monastery of Escorial provides understanding of Spanish novelty. Finally, Visit Segovia and enjoy the beauty of the city and ir’s medieval atmosfer. Tasting one of the most traditional dish of Spanish gastronomy ¨Cochinillo¨ (suckilng pig) Enjoy the full menu. Explore all of the places accompanied by our expert guide and relax in our luxury vans. Have fun and feel unique in your experience in a Premium Small Group tour.
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2-Days History and Nature in MadridHiking & Camping

2-Days History and Nature in Madrid

Unique 2-Day Experience in Madrid Mountains. A complete nature, animals and history immersion with the company of a local guide.
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Avila - El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen - From MadridDay Trips

Avila - El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen - From Madrid

We will leave for Avila, upon arrival we will visit the Basilica of San Vicente, a Romanesque temple, the largest and at the same time the most important in the city after the Cathedral, also one of the most outstanding works of this architectural style in the entire country . We will take a tour of the Teresian Route, it is about walking where Teresa was born and lived most of her life, where the Reformation of Carmel began, and wrote the Book of Life. We will finish our visit in Avila with a tour of the Museum of Architecture. We will return to Madrid, but before we will pass El Escorial, to visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a complex that includes a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library, a school and a monastery. Finally we go to the Valley of the Fallen, a Catholic basilica, the Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen, an abbey called Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos and a monumental complex.
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Segovia Horse Riding & City TourDay Trips

Segovia Horse Riding & City Tour

Discover Segovia and its surroundings on horseback. Enjoy a walk through Segovia accompanied by an official guide, followed by a horseback ride around the city. We will depart from Madrid in our private vehicle to reach Segovia. During the route our guide will explain the curiosities that we find along the way, including the Valley of the Fallen, which we will be able to see from the road. Once we arrive in Segovia, we will begin the walking tour through the city, where we will see the Aqueduct, the Cathedral, which we will visit the interior, and finally the Alcazar. In this visit we will learn all about the Segovian pride, as well as the customs and traditions of the Segovians. After it, we will leave the city to discover the other Segovia. Once we arrive at the equestrian facilities, we will meet the horses, trained so that even those who do not know yet how to ride will enjoy the experience. Have fun and feel unique in your experience in a small group premium tour.
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