Royal Monastery of El Escorial tickets and guided tour
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial tickets and guided tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 5 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Impressive Renaissance architecture of El Escorial
  • Engaging and informative commentary from an expert guide
  • Magnificent frescos and manuscripts at El Escorial's library
What to expect

In this tour, you will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site. The Monastery was built as a symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates Spanish victory at the battle of St. Quentin. Its construction took 21 years and was promoted by King Philip II because of the necessity to create a monastery to ensure the veneration of the Royal Pantheon. This idea was explicitly expressed in Charles V's will, who wanted to be buried with his wife Elisabeth from Portugal, and his new dynasty, far away from the usual Royal Pantheons.

The architectural design was based on symmetry and balance according to the humanist Renaissance style. That’s the reason why it has been considered the eighth wonder of the world, and nowadays it is still considered one of the most singular buildings in Europe. The works made in this building by the Spanish architect Juan de Herrera gave place to consider it the paradigm of his architectural style because of its geometrical severity and the predominance of horizontal lines.

The tour includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, the Basilica and the library. At the end of the tour, you will be given free time to visit the Gardens and the Palace of the Borbon family. At the fixed time you will meet at the Escorial bus station to take the bus back to Madrid.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Entrance ticket to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
    • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
    • Air-conditioned coach
    What's not included
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    Reduced price
    • Children (6-15 years)
    • Seniors (65+ years)
    • For infants (0-5 years) this offer is for free
    Where

    Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

    Meeting point:

    JULIÁ TRAVEL OFFICE - Calle San Nicolás 15, Madrid (Next to Plaza de Ramales).

    What to remember
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended
    • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
    • Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions
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    When
    • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8.30am
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    Provider
    Julia Travel
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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