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Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Address: Avenida Juan de Borbon y Battenberg s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or...
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El Escorial Monastery and Madrid Sightseeing City Tour

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If you visit Madrid do not forget to go to Escorial

This palace built by King Felipe II of Spain and is located a short distance from Madrid. It is interesting to visit since it is listed as one of the wonders of the world. In the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This palace built by King Felipe II of Spain and is located a short distance from Madrid. It is interesting to visit since it is listed as one of the wonders of the world. In the main street of the village there are very good restaurants and placid places to walk.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Monastery has a rich and interesting history. It is incredibly large with many interior rooms- only a few on view. We stayed a short time but felt in was an important piece of Spanish/Madrid history. Our Spanish friends were very proud of this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here by train from Madrid, and walked through the park to get here. This is simply one of the most amazing royal residences in Europe. It really gives one a feel for the Habsburg and bourbon dynasties. The complex has many features, from some very nice Grecos, to the basilica, to the library, and also the Royal apartments. Possibly... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

IMHO, this can be skipped. With so many beautiful sites to conquer in Spain, don't waste time here. The structure looked cold and imposing, reminiscent of a huge prison. Only the library was intriguing, but then you aren't allowed to take photos inside the building, so you'd better have a good photographic memory. I don't know how other travelers were... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a grand palace and monastery. Simple but beautiful. Inside is designed to be very functional, since it's a monastery. King bed is right next to the chapel. Library contains gold covered books. El Greco's painting of Peter and some others are inside. No pictures are allowed inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well planned combination of palace, monastery, school, & mausoleum. Impressive library with collection that seconds only that of the Vatican in Rome. The guide is very useful as she/he explains the complex history behind the entire building. The town is easily accessible from Madrid with the bus from Moncloa.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

take bus no. 661 or 664 at Moncloa Autobus Terminal (Platform 11, Terminal 1) Fare €4.20. Journey about one hour to reach.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was touring Spain with my sister and her husband. My sister moves with difficulties, even if she does not yet use a wheelchair. We had read on the Escorial website that access was possible for people with reduced mobility and that wheelchairs were available. When we got there we were explained that the information on the website is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The palace/monastery itself is really beautiful, the museum is impressive. The paintings there are beautiful; the map room, the library and the paintings on the ceilings are impressive. Unlike most museums there is no photography inside - yet no signs, instead security will angrily shout "NO FOTOS" at anyone and everyone, and the echo of that is heard throughout your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love European History, and you are in Spain, it is definetly worth a while to go visit this little town in Madrid's Northern Mountains, it takes less than an hour to get there if you are in Madrid. Rich, full of the Spanish Imperial History you won't be dissapointed.

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