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El Escorial
Commissioned by King Felipe II as a testament to Spain's devout Catholic faith, 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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Royal Monastery of El Escorial

Discover the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site and built as a symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates Spanish victory at the battle of St. Quentin.
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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Guided Tour by Train from Madrid

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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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Private Gay Tour: The Royal City from Madrid

We will meet you at your hotel/apartment in Madrid capital and will take the train/bus to San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Monastery of El Escorial, one of the most emblematic royal places in Madrid. We will visit its wonderful basilica and we’ll also take a nice promenade around the Friar’s Gardens. Afterwards, we will visit San Lorenzo de El Escorial villa and the “Casita de Arriba” gardens.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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 Madrid

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 marble pantheon, and then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. Hotel pickup in Madrid is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

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.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid

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'll 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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid

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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Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Segovia with Optional Lunch from Madrid

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial from Madrid with Optional Toledo

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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Segovia Half day from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Escorial visits

Go back in time and see one of Spain’s most magnificent castles on this guided tour to historic and beautiful Segovia with transportation on an air-conditioned coach included. In this ancient city, see the preserved Roman Aqueduct and Gothic cathedral and visit the Alcázar fortress and castle. Choose the option to spend the morning exploring Toledo or Escorial before carrying on to Segovia.  
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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit

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

On this excursion we will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural heritage site of the Humanity, and the Basilica of the Valle de los Caídos, a monument that stands out for its gigantic size.5 hour direct tour to the Valle de los Caídos with its basilica excavated in the Sierra de Madrid and discover the grandeur of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a World Heritage Site and symbol of Spanish supremacy of the sixteenth century.
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Half Day Tour to El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen. Entrances included

Guided Tour from Madrid to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen on a luxury bus 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 located in another beautiful enclave of the Madrilenian mountain range.We will start with a guided visit 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, is an impressive construction of great historical-artistic and architectural value.We will continue to the Valley of Cuelgamuros where the highest Christian cross in the world 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 return to Madrid after the guided tour to the Valley of the Fallen.
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

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 its 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. Save 10% by combining these two half-day tour options. All entrance fees, coach transport and optional lunch upgrade included.
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Segovia Day Trip & El Escorial Royal Tombs

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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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid

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

We will start the tour visiting the Royal Monastery of El Escorial that Philip II had built as a residence and Royal Pantheon. It is an impressive construction of great historical-artistic and architectural value. We will continue to 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.We will return to Madrid for a short break with free time for lunch (not included) and thus be able to regain strength for the second stage of this wonderful guided tour.Upon arrival in Toledo, we will have a Panoramic Tour followed by a Guided walking Tour of the surroundings of the main monuments to discover the admirable Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Alcazar and other monuments.Then, you can continue enjoying the city at your leisure.We will return to Madrid with unforgettable memories of one of the most amazing local tours.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit

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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full Day Tour to El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Segovia

We will start the tour visiting the Royal Monastery of El Escorial that Philip II had built as a residence and Royal Pantheon. It is an impressive construction of great historical-artistic and architectural value. We will continue to 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.We will return to Madrid for a short break with free time for lunch (not included) and thus be able to regain strength for the second stage of this wonderful guided tour.Our adventure in Segovia starts with a guided walking tour under the imposing and world-famous Aqueduct to continue visiting the main monuments and the Alcazar, a unique castle with the appearance of a Disney fairytale palace where we will finish the guided tour of Segovia.This is undoubtedly one of the essential tours from Madrid that should not be missed.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to 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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  • Duration: 8 hours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Private Tour

Discover the regal splendor of Spain’s vibrant capital city on a full-day tour of Madrid, led by an expert guide. Embark on an explorative journey to Madrid’s cultural and historical highlights, visiting landmarks like El Escorial and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Absorb the bustling ambience of Plaza Mayor; relish Spain’s artistic heritage in Museo del Prado; and gain valuable insight into the city’s intriguing history from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show

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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