FIND A WALK
About the El Escorial Walk in Madrid
Located a short bus ride from Madrid, the monarchical complex of San Lorenzo de El Escorial—situated on a hilltop with stunning views over the Spanish landscape—is critical to understanding Spanish power and politics in the 16th and 17th centuries. A sprawling, palatial complex, El Escorial occupied a central role in Spanish political history as a seat of power outside of the urban center of Madrid, and in this way provides an interesting contrast to Versailles and other rural royal residences throughout Europe. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's a major must-see attraction.
Our half-day excursion to El Escorial begins in Madrid, with a bus ride (45 mins) out to the site. Along the way we'll look at the figure of Philip II of Spain, who founded the complex in 1563 as a monastic foundation serving as pantheon for the Habsburg dynasty—specifically as a burial place for his father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and other members of the royal family. The direct involvement of Philiread more
- Duration: 4 hours
- Category: History
- Private: €355 per party
- additional costs what's this?
Madrid-El Escorial bus tickets - €4.80
Your docent will purchase the tickets for you.
- Venues Visited
- El Escorial
El Escorial entrance