Discover the "Jewel in the Crown" of the Spanish Empire and visit an astonishing and controversial monument
With our private vehicle we will drive to our first destination, the Valley of the Fallen, a very controversial monument in Spain. The monument is an impressive basilica on a slope of a mountain and it has the highest cross in all over the world. The monument hosts the tombs of two fascist leaders, Franco, the dictator and Jose Antonio. It is a crucial historical site in order to understand our contemporary history, specially the Civil War and the dictatorship.
El Escorial, the "Jewel in the Crown" of the Spanish Empire, is a complex which holds a monastery, the Royal mausoleum, one of the best historical libraries in the world, a basilica and the former residence of the Spanish kings. The complex was granted World Heritage Site of Mankind status by UNESCO.
Do not miss it if you want to be amazed by the splendor of the monuments and especially if you love history and politics!!!
Starting in Madrid, we will drive for about 50 kms to the Valley of the Fallen, where we will be impressed by the site, the view and the landscapes. We will learn a lot about our contemporary history, politics and idiosyncrasy.
Once we have visited the Valley, we will take our vehicle to drive for about 15 minutes to the town of El Escorial, in order to visit the magnificent complex of El Escorial. The complex is so interesting for keeping one of the best preserved historical libraries in the world, for hosting the Royal Pantheon and for having been the official residence of one of the most important emperors in history, Phillipe II.
The visit to El Escorial will last for about an hour and a half, at the end of which we will return to Madrid.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: It can be at your hotel or at any point in the city.
End location: It can be at your hotel or at any point in the city.
Duration: 5 hours
El Escorial is closed on mondays
By a car or a Mercedes minivan
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 Euros - Tickets fees at the Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen are 16 euros
Should you wish to buy a cup of coffee, snacks or drinks.
Personal expenses or souvenirs.
A coffee costs between 1,30 to 2,5 euros
I am not a driver guide but I can arrange for a car and driver upon request. Or, if you have rented a car yourself, I can drive it so that you can enjoy the tour and the landscape.