Half-Day El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Tour
Visit the Escorial Monastery and the Great Civil War Monument
DURATION: UP TO 5-HOURS
Visit the architectural wonders of the El Escorial and the historic Valley of the Fallen. With a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, you will venture out to the monastery, built by Juan Herrera by order of King Felipe II in 1557, and pay tribute to the Spanish Civil War casualties at the 150 metre high stone monument.
The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial is a complex structure designed by Juan Bautista de Toledo and built by Juan de Herrera. The simplicity of its lines focus all the attention on the harmony of its courtyards, fountains, cloisters and towers. More than 4,000 rooms are distributed among the principal areas. The Courtyard of the Kings of Judea gives way to the Basilica, which has a dome base measuring 95 metres and paintings by Lucas Jordán among its major features.
El Escorial was also built to house the Royal Pantheon, and the Spanish monarchs from the houses of Habsburg and Bourbon are buried here. The princes, infants, and queens who died without leaving royal descendents rest in the Pantheon of the Infantes.
The Valley of the Fallen monument is an underground church and tomb topped with a 500 foot stone cross, which can be seen from a distance of 30 miles. Although supposedly honoring all the dead in the Spanish Civil war, only two names are commemorated, General Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Riverva, founder of the Falange. The sculptures were designed by Juan de Avalos.
This 5-hour tour includes:
- El Escorial
- Valley of the Fallen
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from your Madrid city-centre hotel. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.
Includes: A private expert English-speaking guide and car services for up to 5-hours, Entrance Fees to El Escorial Monastery.
Excludes: Driver & Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.