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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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Carretere de Guadarrama, 28209 San Lorenzo de El Escorial Spain
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Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid
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Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid

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Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in just one day with this tour from Madrid. You'll start in Avila, where you'll have the chance to walk through the city and visit the Sanctuary of San Vincente, followed by Segovia, where you'll have free time to grab lunch and shop. In the afternoon, you'll visit El Escorial and its monastery before making your way back to Madrid.
US$89.00 per adult
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SteveK wrote a review Dec 2020
Los Angeles, California33 contributions30 helpful votes
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Monument is a must-see if you’re into history. Tougher sell if you’re not. I visited 27 Nov 2020. Here is the information current as of that date that I used to reach site via public transportation. From Madrid, there is a bus from Moncloa Bus Station that drops off right at the Valley of the Fallen main entrance gate (see photos: outbound bus schedule for bus route 664, inbound bus schedule for same bus; bus fares). At the main entrance gate is a sign with admission prices and hours (see photo). You pay whether you drive in or walk in. The price is usually nine euros but this was discounted 50% when I visited (pandemic rate?). Main entrance has a small building where you pay for your ticket. Staff told me the walk to the monument from this entrance gate was six kilometers. It turned out to be 5.1 kilometers by road to the base of the monument (front of basilica). The road is inclined most of the way, total elevation gain from entrance gate to monument is 291 meters. Too bad there is no shuttle.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Thornton C wrote a review Oct 2020
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With a weekend off from work in Madrid, I rented a car and drove the 28 miles out to the Valley of the Fallen. If you can enjoy the construction of the underground cathedral despite its having been built by workers forced by Franco to build the enormous structure, it is quite a phenomenal site. Many years after my visit in 1969, I am surprised to find no review mentioning, much less complaining about, the construction's boasting about its size. In the center aisle, far from the altar you can spot brass lines and measurements embedded in the stone floor. There is one at each of the points comparing that point to the length of the largest above-ground cathedrals. Many consider it improper bragging about the size of the room you are in, but it does provide a good ideas of how large the carved space in which you are standing really is. The entire construction is incredible. Don't focus on all of the elegant carving that looms far above you and miss examining the distance indications at you feet.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ramona wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand406 contributions183 helpful votes
A truly remarkable area. You can see the cross from a distance and it is just as beautiful up close. We went in July, which is when it would usually be packed. However, since they removed Franco and we are still in the pandemic, we were there with possible 10 other people. The underground church is absolutely exquisite. You would never except to see something so beautiful tucked away in a mountain. Everyone respected social distancing, everyone had masks and there was hand sanitizer available inside. The roads are beautiful to drive down and everything is extremely well kept.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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michael B wrote a review Apr 2020
Brooklyn, New York58 contributions62 helpful votes
We took a day trip from Madrid to Escorial to see the Valley fo the Dead monument . 2 weeks before we took the tour [ too difficult to do on your own] we saw on the news that the Dictator Franco's body had been removed form its resting place . We felt the Monument and its History were well worth the trip.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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NikoliGogol wrote a review Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada1791 contributions222 helpful votes
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We chanced on this complex on our way to Madrid. We hired a guide but did not expect what we would see. This complex is dedicated to the casualties of the Spanish Civil War, Republican and Nationalist alike. There is a cross almost 500 feet tall visible for miles. Built into the side of a mountain is a basilica and a mausoleum. The basilica was constructed so large that it was found to be larger than any Vatican church. So as not to overshadow Rome, a divider was constructed so that there is an antechamber limiting the size of the basilica. The construction is quite stark and solemn. A few warnings about a visit here. You are searched on entry and not allowed to take interior photographs. There is a gift shop in the structure. I had left my wallet in the vehicle and was told that I would not be permitted to reenter the basilica. Your guide may have a point of view favouring one side or the other in the Civil War. Our guide seemed harsh towards the Nationalists. Another guide told us after the fact the our original guide lost family on the Republican side, that there were atrocities committed by both sides, and that many Spaniards hold a strong view about one side or the other. This is a site well worth visiting. I was left deeply moved and impressed.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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