El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen

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This tour is ideal for those travelers visiting Madrid and willing to know more about the Spanish Monarchy. This 5-hour tour includes a visit to the Royal Palace, Monastery and Pantheon in El Escorial, as well as the Valley of the Fallen.

Agenda

Daily, except Monday, at 8:45 am.

Location

Calle San Nicolás, 15

Plaza de Ramales

More information

  • Admire the Royal Palace, considered the best example of the Spanish Renascence architecture
  • Experience the contemporary history of Spain honoring the fallen of the Civil War
  • Enjoy discovering San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL MONASTERY

Considered for many years the Eighth Wonder of the World, El Escorial was conceived by Philip II as a monastery and royal pantheon. It would become the symbol of the grandeur of the Spanish Empire. The tour includes: Royal Palace, Pantheon of Kings, Pantheon of Infantes, Chapter Houses, Basilica and Library.


VALLEY'S BASILIC

Just 9 km from El Escorial. This great basilica was dug out of the mountain at an altitude of 1,350 metres above sea level. Highlights include the basilica building and the cross standing 150 metres above the landscape of the Madrid mountains. The tour includes the inside of the basilica, as well as magnificent views and photo opportunities.


DEPARTURE TIME & DURATION

• Every day at 8:45 am (except Mondays). 

• Approximately 5 hours.


PRICES

• Adults: 65 €.

• Kids (6-15): 49 €.

• Senior (+65): 58 €.


WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Official bilingual guide.

• Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial.

• Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica.

Transport from the starting point to El Escorial and back aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus.


BOOKING

• You need to book at least 3 hours in advance.


GOOD TO KNOW

Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.

• Remember to go to the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time (Calle San Nicolás, 15, junto a la Plaza de Ramales).

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Opiniones

  • M Marie B (Australia) Built as a memorial to 40 000 cadres who died in the Spanish Civil War, this edifice almost defies description. It is set in a beautiful, tree covered rocky valley outside San Lorenzo de El Escorial. As independent travellers, we caught bus that departed at 8:45 am. The fare not included entry to the site. An enormous concrete cross and grand sculptures are set on a rocky outcrop above the basilica. The graves of Franco and Antonio lie beneath a cupola and a superb wooden crucifix hangs above the altar. 2 austere side chapels contain the doors to the burial niches of the 40 000 fallen soldiers. The whole understated effect is overwhelmingly beautiful, and whatever your opinion of the Civil War, the Monument is absolutely astounding.