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Avenida de Juan de Borbon y Battenberg 1, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is huge ! You easily spend 2-3 hours in here, as there is so much too see. A weird combination of religious centre, royal residence and burial place.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Koen67
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as Monasterio del Escorial, is a historical residence of the King of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid. It...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank JosepG642
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This palace is huge and it takes about 2,5 hours to visit the inside... plus add another 30-45 minutes to get to/back and visit the gardens. Being there right at the opening enables you to get a few rooms to yourself to better admire their...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Isa-Francis
Reviewed March 7, 2019

Amazing convent/palace. Easily reached from Madrid by direct train from Atocha station. In el escorial we took the bus up the hill (buy tickets on the bus) and came down on foot. Go early and book tickets beforehand to avoid crowds (timeslot). A must see!!

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank LovaBrug
Reviewed March 1, 2019 via mobile

Cool place to visit when (a long time) in Madrid, wouldn’t recommend it when you’re for a short period in Madrid cause the bus trip is 30’. Biggest renaissance building in the world, interesting Bourbon and Habsburg culture! Free entry and ask to go to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank FlorisM40
Reviewed February 18, 2019

Easily reachable by the commuter train from Madrid, this impressive complex features a multitude of sights that can take up even more than four hours of your time. You will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful baroque library with treasures from many sciences and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank nemanja1205
Reviewed February 15, 2019

El Escorial has an amazing library, cathedral, small gallery, palace, crypt and a garden. Simply incredible.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DimitrijeMi
Reviewed January 31, 2019

Like the rest of Segovia this is superb. a must see but vast. but go with a guide if you can much more enjoyable.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Catherine E
Reviewed January 20, 2019

This popular tourist attraction, the Escorial Monastery, stands in an exceptionally beautiful site in Castile; a vast building complex located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and an hour’s drive from the centre of Madrid. You need to spend a day here, definitely not on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank Minnie G
Reviewed January 5, 2019

A really nice place to visit, very historical, large collection, nice surroundings. Without the endless lines of waiting you see in Madrid.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from abarker02 | Reviewed this property |
We definitely recommend the audio guide. It is very complete and helpful.
Beth R
May 28, 2017|
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Response from Malcolmle | Reviewed this property |
2-3 hours would be a good time to plan although you have about an hour drive.