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Half-day trip to Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit two of the most important historical monuments of Madrid, the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Valley of the Fallen, both situated within the Madrid mountain range.
Escorial was constructed as a grand monastery-palace by King Felipe II at the end of the XVI century. In the palace you can explore the rooms in which Felipe II lived, the church where he prayed, and the gold-encrusted sarcophagus of his beloved father Carlos V.
In the Valley of the Fallen, you’ll be blown away by the world’s largest memorial cross. Once here, venture into the monumental basilica which is sculpted into the Guadarrama mountain range.
This half-day tour will take you outside of Madrid and submerge you into the Spanish history.
Escorial is situated at the bottom on Mount Abantos and its surrounding rustic area - a vast space for an imposing monument. However, behind this rugged façade you will be surprised by the human element in the rooms, imposed by Felipe II. You will find very low ceilings, chandeliers, rooms with plane white walls and of course his bed!
The rest of the tour screams exuberance.
The Royal Pantheon is a beautiful golden room where the Spanish monarchs of the last 400 years lie to rest. There are 26 marble and bronze sarcophaguses, but only 23 of them hold a dead king – the other 3 are waiting for the current King and his predecessors!
The basilica is at the architectural heart of the building and reflects the profound devotion of Felipe II. The library contains more than 50,000 ancient books, but it is most famous for the tapestries and paintings by El Greco, Velázquez and Rubens.
Six kilometres away from the basilica you will discover the Valley of the Fallen. Measuring 262 metres high and situated in the middle of the Guadarrama Mountain itself. Inside you will see the monument dedicated to all those who died during the Spanish civil war, and outside you will be able to admire the incredible panoramic views.
The tickets for the half-day trip to Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen cost from 55,30 £.
The ticket includes transport in an air-conditioned coach, multi-lingual audio guide, in English and Spanish, entrance to the Royal Monastery of Escorial, entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and food & drinks.
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