Visit this regal complex that is also a pantheon to the Spanish Monarchs

El Escorial Day Trip

El Escorial was built by Phillip II as a final resting place where he could be close to God. Construction of El Escorial began in 1563 and ended in 1584. It was the first, and perhaps the finest example, of Herrerian architecture, which was the final stage of Spanish renaissance architecture. Although a monastery, it was also a military structure and one of the four main royal palaces- the other four are the summer palace Aranjuez, The Royal Palace in Madrid and nearby La Granja- Madrid’s answer to Versailles. This extraordinary regal complex comprises a palace, basilica, monastery, school and pantheon to the Spanish Monarchs.

Its pretty town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial makes a relaxing stop for lunch before returning to Madrid.

Travel time is one hour by train from Madrid.

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What to Expect

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Meet the Kings of Spain in their eternal resting place.

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el escorial day trip

Visit El Escorial’s two architectural complexes built by Philip II in the 16th century.

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Explore the lovely, little town of San Lorenzo with its picturesque courtyards and fountains.

Details & Booking

Available: Everyday
Meeting Place: Your guide will be waiting for you at the El Escorial train station or hotel pickup if with private luxury car service.
Meeting Times: Suggested time is 10 am or 11 am.
Duration: 3 hours
What’s included: Guided walking tour and all entrances (transportation not included).

  • Private luxury car service available upon request.
  • There is a fair amount of walking so please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Please inquire to include a visit nearby to the Valley of the Fallen monumental memorial that includes an impressive 500 foot stone cross!

Do you want to visit two cities in one day? If so, we recommend combining your El Escorial Day Trip with a trip to Segovia.