Depart Madrid by bus and journey to the historical residence of the Kings of Spain at the monumental El Escorial. Learn the history of the Spanish royals at the magnificent palace, designed by King Philip II after the victory of the Battle of San Quentin. Hear why it took 21 years to build, how its location at the foot of the Sierra Guadarrama mountain range was inspired by the biblical Solomon's Temple and how it also functioned as a monastery under the Order of Saint Jerome. See the amazing Basílica de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos and the world's tallest memorial cross, built in the Cuelgamuros Valley as a "national act of atonement." Stroll in the Gardens of the Friars and nearby park. Admire the Italian-style gardens arranged in descending terraces at the House of Prince Don Carlos, where you will also get one of the most beautiful views of the monastery.
Meet at the Plaza de España, tourist bus stop, in front of number 7. Metro Station: Plaza de España. Line 3 or yellow.open in google maps ->
• Children under 7 years old are free of charge • This tour will take a 10-minute stop at Las Rozas Village • Please note this is a bilingual tour held simultaneously in English and Spanish • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
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