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Royal Monastery of El Escorial: Guided Tour from Madrid

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Tips for visiting the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Not only is this historic complex the crown jewel of Spanish Renaissance architecture, but it was also built to memorialize the Battle of San Quintin, a decisive event during the Italian War.

Commissioned by Felipe II, the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial became a summer destination for aristocrats, who built their summer residences in the surrounding area.

Additionally, El Escorial hosts a mausoleum for the Spanish monarchs from the houses of Habsburg and Bourbon. Kings, queens, and their regal descendants rest in the Pantheon of the Infantes.

Most basic entry Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial tickets are around €15, with some discounts available. Booking a reservation (there are half a million visitors each year) is recommended so you can spend more time exploring the grounds, and less time in the queue.

To make your experience more enriching, opt for a guided tour or an audio guide as you wander the monastery and surrounding grounds.

As one of the Spanish royal sites, the palace, monastery, and basilica at San Lorenzo de El Escorial served multiple purposes throughout history and are still in use today.

On Sunday mornings, the basilica is used to hold liturgical services, so keep this in mind when you buy your tickets to San Lorenzo de El Escorial if you want to go inside.

Previous purposes for the complex include the royal residence for the King of Spain, a place of worship, and a burial ground for Spanish royalty. Over the centuries, the structure has also served as a library, university, museum, and hospital.

El Escorial is located in the heart of the Guadarrama mountain range, nearly 50 km from Spain’s capital city, Madrid.

The complex lies in a central location, making it a convenient day trip from Madrid, Ávila, Segovia, and Toledo.

Absolutely. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, your tickets to this royal landmark allow you to enjoy the quintessential 16th-century design, architecture, and artwork of the Spanish Renaissance.

El Escorial showcases Spain's cultural, religious, and economic heritage, all in one site.

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MASSE Françoise,  France France
22 Oct 2022
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Découverte intéressante et agréable. Aucun problème rencontré pour y entrer avec les billets pris par avec votre organisme. Précisez toutefois qu'il faut compter 20 mn de marche de la gare à El...
Découverte intéressante et agréable. Aucun problème rencontré pour y entrer avec les billets pris par avec votre organisme. Précisez toutefois qu'il faut compter 20 mn de marche de la gare à El Escorial et qu'il n'y a qu'un train par heure depuis Madrid.
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Julia,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
12 Jun 2022
Excellent
It was fantastic. Shame you can't take photos though. And on Sundays be warned you can't visit the basilica in the morning because of church services. Highlight was the library & the tombs.
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Matthew,  United States United States
10 Jan 2023
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Go visit, a glimpse into the regal past. I will go again.
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About: Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is also known as Monasterio de El Escorial. Philip II used this royal site for his family mausoleum, and in the past, it was also a monastery and a boarding school.

The abundance of pine trees and surrounding forest makes this a peaceful retreat to Renaissance times, far from the bustling modern norm of Madrid. This historical residence and final resting place of Spain's kings is located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, roughly 45 kilometers northwest of Madrid.

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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