view of the cathedral at el escorial

El Escorial Day Trip from madrid

cathedral at el escorial


El Escorial was built by Philip II as a final resting place where he could be close to God. Construction of El Escorial began in 1563 and ended in 1584. It was the first and perhaps the finest example of Herrerian architecture, which was the final stage of Spanish renaissance architecture. Although a monastery, it was also a military structure and one of the four main royal palaces. The other four are: the summer palace Aranjuez, The Royal Palace in Madrid and nearby La Granja- Madrid’s answer to Versailles. This extraordinary regal complex comprises a palace, basilica, monastery, school and pantheon to the Spanish monarchs.


Its pretty town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial makes a relaxing stop for lunch before returning to Madrid, just an hour-long train away. 


the royal crypt

Meet the Kings of Spain in their eternal resting place.

Visit El Escorial's complexes

Visit El Escorial’s two architectural complexes built by Philip II in the 16th century.

Town of San Lorenzo El Escorial, Spain

Explore town of San Lorenzo

Explore the lovely, little town of San Lorenzo with its picturesque courtyards and fountains.


Available: Everyday except Mondays
Meeting Place: Your guide will be waiting for you at the El Escorial train station or hotel pickup, if you request a private luxury car service.
Meeting Time:  Suggested time is 10 am or 11 am.
Duration: 3 hours
What’s included: Guided walking tour and all entrances to monuments (train or private car service are not included to El Escorial).

Our Half Day Tours are priced from €400 for 1-2 participants for the guiding service only (this excludes any entrance fees, meals, beverages, or transportation costs).


For exact pricing tailored to your needs, please contact Meg at or simply click the ‘Book Now’ button.

♥ Availability may change due to national or local holidays.
♥ Private luxury car service available upon request.
♥ There is a fair amount of walking so please wear comfortable shoes.
♥ Please inquire to include a visit nearby to the Valley of the Fallen monumental memorial that includes an impressive 500 foot stone cross!

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