El Escorial
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Our most recommended El Escorial Day Trips

  • El Escorial & Basilica of the Valley 5-Hour Guided Tour

    1. El Escorial & Basilica of the Valley 5-Hour Guided Tour

    After meeting with your guide, get away from the bustle of the city on a comfortable air-conditioned coach. At the first stop, enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum and the story behind the 21 years of construction time. Marvel at the symmetry of the Renaissance style building. Listen to your guide's commentaries as you explore the Habsburg’s Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica, and the remarkable library.  Then, board your bus again for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. This enormous monument, built between 1940 and 1959, is carved into the mountain, 1,350 meters up. An impre...

    Tour guide was lovely, was not too many people on the tour. Lovely transport too, and we got to see everything we wanted to.

  • Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

    2. Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

    On this 5-hour tour from Madrid you’ll begin with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial. It was built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings, a monastery, and a royal pantheon. It became a symbol of the great power of the Spanish Empire at that time. The monument was declared to be of artistic and historic importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of the Fallen was built in 1936, about 9 kilometers from Escorial, as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the Guadarrama Mountains, this impressive work features a cross standing more than 150 meters high, as well as a basilica and crypt built into the hard rock under the mountain. The tour includes admission to the Valley as well as a visit to the basilica’s interior.

  • From Madrid: Full Day Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Tour

    3. From Madrid: Full Day Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Tour

    Leave Madrid early in the morning and head towards Ávila, where you will stop at the Cuatro Postes viewpoint. After, travel to the city to start the walking tour, and pass by the Sanctuary of San Vicente, the cathedral and of course, the walls. Next head to Segovia and on arrival your guide will explain everything about the creation of the aqueduct by the Romans. Then continue your route through the streets of the city center, and pass through the Cathedral, continuing through the district of the Canonries, until you reach the famous Alcazar, a symbol of the art and history of Spain. Then you have free time to enjoy lunch, do some shopping or access some of the monuments on your own. Once the break is over, go to El Escorial, where you will visit the inside of its Monastery. There, under the guidance of your guide, discover the architectural complex that includes a royal palace, a basil...

    It's a full day, but there is time to explore the cities on your own. If you have not too much time to spend around Madrid, this is a good choice.

  • Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

    4. Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

    Begin your tour in El Escorial. This was the symbol of the Spanish power in the 16th-century and commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. Explore Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, and the Basilica. Next, 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, discover an enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War.  The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1,350 meters where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range. Discover the City of the Three Cultures, 70 kilometers from Madrid. Toledo is a beautiful city-museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

    The tour was in Spanish and English. First part of the day Escorial, one hour break and Tolido in the afternoon. I didn't like the shopping stop (isolated store with very expencive items) at the end of the day for about 1 hour, which was not mentioned anywhere.

  • Ávila: Segovia and El Escorial Tour With Drop-Off In Madrid

    5. Ávila: Segovia and El Escorial Tour With Drop-Off In Madrid

    Discover two of the main cultural and historical attractions of the Spanish plateau and World Heritage Sites: Segovia, where you can see one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in the world, and the Monastery of El Escorial and its basilica, the burial place of the kings of Spain. You will leave Avila at around 10:30am for Segovia, where your guide will explain everything about the creation of the aqueduct by the Romans, and you will continue your route through the streets of the city center, passing through the Cathedral, continuing through the Canonjías district, until you reach the famous Alcazar, a symbol of Spanish art and history. There you will have free time to eat, do some shopping or access some of the monuments on your own. Once the break is over, you will go to El Escorial for a guided tour of the interior of the monastery. There, under the guidance of your guide, you wil...

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What people are saying about El Escorial

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 532 reviews

Excellent, especially the quality of the guide. He showed great knowledge throughout the development of the visits, in a pleasant way and without losing seriousness. Highly recommended.

It's a full day, but there is time to explore the cities on your own. If you have not too much time to spend around Madrid, this is a good choice.

Tour guide was lovely, was not too many people on the tour. Lovely transport too, and we got to see everything we wanted to.

Superb site in the heights of Madrid in altitude. An excellent guide. To do despite restrictions due to Covid

With Sylvia a good guide in a comfortable bus to El Escorial and a nice trip. perfect!