We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! You come to us for reviews — now you can book your hotel right here on TripAdvisor.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Phone Number: 34 91 890 5611
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
$71*
and up
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid
More Info
$73*
and up
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or...
More Info
$274*
and up
Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 728 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 120
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Worth visiting

We stayed at the hospederia for the night so we got to see the monument late in the day as well as early in the morning. We wanted to take the funicular to the top but were told... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2016
Edwin F
,
Hassocks, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

728 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 207: English reviews
Saltash, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
255 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. It is worth reading Giles Tremlett's Ghosts of Spain before visiting to understand some of the history of Spain and this place. The imposing cross could be seen for miles and the whole place was more impressive in scale than I had imagined. The basilica was huge, cold, dark and damp and seemed to go... More 

Helpful?
Thank LJF76
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
194 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place the architecture was impressive when we where it was snowing so the surrounding areas look really beautiful

Helpful?
Thank Margarita L
Barry, Wales, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting this place left me speechless. 45 degrees outside yet cool and still inside. You cannot visit this place without feeling the history of Spain all around you. The scale is indescribable and the atmosphere moving. Phenomenal architectural feat. Lives with you when you leave.

Helpful?
Thank Nicola D
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Valle de los Caídos is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial near Cuelgamuros Valley in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid. It conceived by Spanish general Francisco Franco to honour and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. In the construction a significant part consisted of convicts,... More 

Helpful?
Thank kostascaraba
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) is a vast monument set in the mountainside of a huge park area with an enormous stone cross which is visible for miles. The drive up to the monument is lovely and when you get close to the cross, you realise the scale and wonder of the construction!! The monument was built... More 

Helpful?
Thank Graeme S
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
44 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) is a catholic basilica built into the mountain and a huge monument in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. It was the idea of General Franco to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War and the remains of 45,000 (many unknown) are buried behind the Chapel... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Robin P
Hassocks, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
902 reviews
420 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We stayed at the hospederia for the night so we got to see the monument late in the day as well as early in the morning. We wanted to take the funicular to the top but were told that it has not run for more than eight years.

Helpful?
Thank Edwin F
Taipei, Taiwan
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Went up there in the early morning, got to enjoy it without too much tourists around. The location is absolute grand until one visits it in person. The inside is simple but elegant, even if it is said to have buried more than 5000 soldiers inside. Please note that one has to go through security checking to go inside. After... More 

Helpful?
Thank ChloeeeH
Tampa, FL
Level Contributor
305 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

At least three hours to visit this location. For this visit, monorail to the cross was under repairs, so we were not able to climb to the top. I know, the view from there is great. They also close early in the day, so check the hours of operation.

Helpful?
Thank Alex F
Rockhampton, Australia
Level Contributor
231 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

This was an interesting place to visit; the structure is massive and awe inspiring, yet has a distinctly fascist tone. This makes sense considering it's backstory. Overall I'd say it is worth visiting, but don't expect to walk away feeling entirely sure of your thoughts on the place.

Helpful?
1 Thank Nathan F

Travelers who viewed Valle de los Caidos also viewed

San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Community of Madrid
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Community of Madrid
 
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Community of Madrid
Segovia, Province of Segovia
 

Been to Valle de los Caidos? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Valle de los Caidos and other visitors
16 questions
Ask a question
Ventnor City, New Jersey
5 months ago

See all questions (16)

Questions? Get answers from Valle de los Caidos staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?