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Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 20, 2013

The monastery at el Escorial in the beautiful foothills of the mountains 30 miles NW of Madrid is Amazing..,this should definitely be on your Must See list of you are planning a trip to Madrid...from the art work, to the history of King Phillip II, the tombs of kings, queens and families, basilica & the library with amazing works of priceless value...INCREDIBLE

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This was one of the best attractions I saw in the whole country. The monastery is huge and for sure you will spend a lot of time visiting it, but worths it. Easy access from Madrid by train, and then there is a bus waiting outside the station. For me the only drawback was that I didn't like much the village, except for the monastery there is nothing else to offer.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

My colleagues in Madrid told me that El Escorial was boring and of limited interest. For me it was exactly the opposite! It is certainly THE top tourist destination in Madrid, terribly much more interesting than the Royal Palace in Madrid proper, WHATEVER. I would say, if you spend TWO days in Madrid, that should be one of them (the first day must be Thyssen-Bornemisza and Prado, of course).
First of all, it is a FANTASTIC piece of architecture, huge, stern and imposing. It gives you a lot of insight into the nature of the Spanish monarchy. And it is packed with objects and sights of PRIMARY cultural and tourist interest, starting with the architecture museum, telling the history of the building itself. Among many other things, what you see there are majestic Flemish tapestry, very non-trivial El Greco, art galleries, Royal tombs, an amazing library, the Hall of Battles, basilica, gardens, etc., etc., etc.
If you come by train, it is about 1.5 km uphill from the station through a beautiful but somewhat severe and very windy park. Located in a mountain ridge, in Winter it is much colder than Madrid proper. Eat near the station, you won't have much choice in El Escorial itself (coffee and brandy were OK, but the food was very disappointing, in line with the austerity of the place).

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We almost didn't go to this site, but it turned out to be a great treasure. For $7.00 more it is well worth a guided tour. There is so much here it pays to read up on the Wikipedia site, and your travel guide before you go. We were amazed. And your tour will include the hunting lodge, a short beautiful walk away. But we recommend eating in town, as the cafe is very limited.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

The trip to the Excorial is a bit long but well worth it. The tomb of the royal family is worth going into even though it requires going down a number of stairs to reach it.

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