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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial)
Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial)

Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial)

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Oct - Mar: 10am - 6pm, Apr - Sept: 10am - 8pm
Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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.

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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
$72.76 per adult
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The pantheons
Concise and to the point!! Perfect in terms of timing for kids with a short attention span! Walking distance was comfortable.
David_L, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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Excellent tour
Emms, Mar 2020
El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid
This tour was the perfect way to reach these historic sites outside Madrid. The group size was ideal. Our guide, Jose, was knowledgeable and friendly. He was always willing to answer questions and share information. We highly recommend this tour.
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Viewing 3 towns around Madrid
Diane_P, Mar 2020
Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid
Guide Kathryn was excellent. Appreciated the historical information and the humor. Also provided appropriate oppression for souvenir shopping and or eating on the trips. Loved this excursion. However prepare for a long day. But well worth your time invested.
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Wonder of it all! Beautiful
moirita, Feb 2020
El Escorial half-day tour from Madrid
Susana our tour guide was very good. The Escorial is truly the eighth wonder of the world. Breathtaking. The Valley if the fallen is another wonder for it is inside a mountain. Both worth seeing!!
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Interesting tour
jamehar, Feb 2020
El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Segovia day tour from Madrid
Very nice tour (Escorial, Valley of Fallen and Segovia). As others have said, it would be nice not to have to come back to Madrid for lunch, but traffic wasn’t too bad on Sunday so had plenty of time in Segovia. There is a very nice lunch place around the corner to where you’re dropped off (Bar Marius). Local families seemed to eat there.
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Would Reccommend!
amymhiley, Feb 2020
El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid
Great tour!! Plenty of time to explore and see what we came to see. Our guide was really informative and the lunch spot they took us to was AMAZING.
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A Thought Provoking Tour For Sure!
meclark, Jan 2020
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
Our guide, Anoria, was an awesome guide. Her English was excellent! She took her time explaining everything that we were looking at El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. We were not permitted to take pictures inside of either place but there are inexpensive guide books available for both that give additional information. Our bus ride was very comfortable. I recommend this tour as an easy way to get between both of these places.
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Belen was a fantastic guide!
amymgraber, Jan 2020
Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid
I really enjoyed this trip to Avila, Segovia, and el Escorial! Belen was a knowledgeable, engaging, and energetic guide! I learned so much and really enjoyed my experience!
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MarieT2935, Dec 2019
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
El Escorial was beautiful, but I feel like we (almost) ran through the highlights-- speed walking through the library, for example. I understand the need to keep things moving at such a popular attraction, but this was December and not very crowded. The Basilica @ Valley of the Fallen was so unusual and fascinating yet there was no tour guide support for this part of the visit.
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My First visit to Madrid
salvadorosegueda, Dec 2019
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit
The tour guide was very friendly and informative. The tour and tour bus was hard to find, there was no identification.
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Nice day trip
gilmaect, Jan 2020
El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid
My suggestion is that tour should be in either English or Spanish but not both because there is so much information that we were running out of time because the guide had to explain in both languages. It takes a while.
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Great Trip
Douglas W, Jan 2020
El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid
This is an excellent trip. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the sites, and his English was great. The bus was comfortable and is a lot more convenient that trying to get to the sites on your own. Would recommend, and glad we did it.
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Insights into Spain
Kenneth G, Nov 2019
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
The tour provides an excellent way to visit sites otherwise difficult to reach from Madrid. We had a comfortable coach and an excellent guide in Nuria. El Escorial has lots of upstairs and downstairs but gives insight into Spanish history and culture. The Valley of the Fallen is breath-taking - a monument to fascism and its hatefulness.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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