Excursion to the Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of Valle de los Caidos from Madrid


Excursion to the Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of Valle de los Caidos from Madrid



SPAIN, Madrid

Returning City

SPAIN, Madrid

Number of HOURS

4 h aprox.

Meeting point

Next to Plaza de Espana


Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

PRICE in Euros


Escorial Monastery & Santa Cruz Basilica at Valle de los Caidos with English speaking guide

Half day excursion from Madrid to the Monastery and Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Coach tour from Madrid to discover with an English-speaking guide the former political centre of the empire of Philip II, A place where he built his palace, library, pantheon, a great basilica and founded a monastery. The architectural complex is located at the feet of Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains, and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. We continue the route, visiting Valle de los Caidos valley of the fallen“, a monumental complex in memory of the victims of the 1936 Spanish Civil War.

A half-day excursion accompanied by official tourist guides who explain the history of the town, the monuments, the characteristics and traditions, travelling by modern, fully air-conditioned coach. Departure from our terminal with destination the Monastery of El Escorial. For many years, it was considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World. It was conceived by Philip II as a Monastery and Royal Pantheon, and later it became the symbol of the greatness of the Spanish Empire. Accompanied by our expert guide, we take a guided tour of the Royal Monastery.

We continue the tour to the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, a monument that stands out for its gigantic size, built to honour the Spaniards who died during the Civil War. Located just 8 km from El Escorial, it is a large Basilica carved into the mountain at an altitude of 1,350 m above sea level, highlighting its construction and its 150-meter-high cross in the landscape of the Madrid Mountains. We include the entrance to the monument so that you can enjoy its peculiar corners, contemplate the magnificent views and take photos. Return to Madrid and end of our services.

Departure days:

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The excursion to Escorial and Valle de los Caidos includes:

– Travelers insurance
– Round trip transportation by modern bus from Madrid with official guide
– Entrance and guided visit to the Monastery of El Escorial
– Entrance to the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen
– Accompanying guide throughout the trip

Price details

ADULTfrom 65 €
CHILD (3 – 11 years)from 49 €

More information about Escorial and el Valle

Monastery and Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

El Escorial was the political centre of the Empire of Philip II, where he built his palace, his library, his pantheon, the one of his parents (Charles V and Elizabeth of Portugal) and of the members of his family and his successors as well as a great basilica and where he founded a monastery. The architectural complex (which was finished in 1562) is situated at about 50 kilometres from the capital, in the Sierra de Guadarrama, and was declared World Heritage in 1984.

Philip II governed the Empire where the sun never set from this little place in the mountains. Affected by the death of his father Charles V in 1558 and with the purpose to affirm the House of Austria in Spain, he ordered the construction of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial to guarantee the everlasting memory of his family, and he founded a dynastic Pantheon, and  to compensate the destruction of a church dedicated to San Lorenzo during the battle of San Quintin, in France.

The complex, oriented towards Abantos and with a facade of 207 meters long, is situated within a rectangle of 33.000 square meters, its base having the structure of a reversed grid. The main facade receives the visitor with its imposing construction, giving way to the Patio of the Kings, which receives its name because of the statues of the Kings of Juda that adorn the facade of the Basilica.  This is exactly one of the parts within the architectural complex that must be visited. The Basilica is of a square base and crowned by a cupula which is inspired by the Saint Peter of the Vatican, and has a total of 43 altars and chapels.

The Royal Pantheons are situated underneath the Royal Chapel of the Basilica; 26 tombs of black marble which contain the rests of the kings of the Houses of Austria and Bourbon, and the Pantheon of the Infants with the tombs of the queens who died without coronated offspring, princes and infants.

The Museum of Architecture is situated in the Vaulted Floor in the basement of the Monastery, with reproductions of the plans used for its construction, tools which were used and the cost of the construction; also, the Gallery with works of El Greco, Zurbaran, Ribera, Tintoretto, Tiziano, Rubens or Verones.

Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen (Abadia Benedictina de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caidos)

The Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen is situated in the Sierra de Guadarrama at only 8 kilometres from El Escorial. This colossal construction formed by the Abbey and other buildings like the library or the hospederia is situated on an esplanade of 30.600 square meters, together with the crypt excavated into the mountain and an immense cross of 150 meters high, which can be reached by a hidden funicular. Inside the crypt, the tombs of Francisco Franco and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera can be found and hidden from the public, the tombs of 40.000 soldiers fallen during the Civil War.

Please note that

Exceptionally, the itinerary and the order of the excursions could be altered and modified for organizational reasons.

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