Beautiful places, but no pictures allowed in either one. Just enjoy the view and remember de interiors that are great.
Beautiful you cant miss it. No photos allowed in the inside.
I really enjoyed this visit. El Escorial has a lot of interesting history and the tour guide was very informative. The valley of the fallen is really amazing to see and very important to the history and culture of present day Spain. Wear comfortable walking shoes!
A very nice day trip both to Toledo and El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen.
Enjoyable trip. A good way to see things if you are shot of time.
This is a trip worth doing if you have some extra time in Madrid but would not say this is a must see. The tour guide Fernando was knowledgeable and had to do his tour in Spanish, English and Italian which alone was very impressive. El Escorial is unremarkable in its architecture and decor until you get to the church, which was beautiful. Hearing the history was interesting. The massive size of the Valley of the Fallen is worth the short drive from El Escorial.
The places visited are well worth it, but we had the misfortune of being assigned a guide that either was having a bad day or is lacking in the essential people skills to be a tour guide. The guide, Andres, was apparently very knowledgeable in an academic sense spouting dates names etc. but did not seem to care about the well being of the members of his group, many times he would speed up ahead of the group not caring if everyone was there to go to the next area in the castle or whether they could even hear the information he was giving. He seemed to be in a rush and upset if anyone decided to look at something of interest for more than two seconds. His instructions on the rest stop were confusing and and resulted in members of the group not understanding them and having to be re-grouped, which infuriated Andres as he lashed out on the ignorant tourists who did not understand his instructions but who also happen to be paying his salary. Two stars because the places are truly amazing, but the experience almost ruined because we got the wrong guide. Andres needs to be more sensitive to the people in his group if he wants to be a tour guide.
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