Madrid Hotels near El Escorial
Situated forty-five kilometres northwest of Madrid, El Escorial was once the palatial home of the King of Spain and now serves as a monastery, museum, royal palace, and school. Its many halls, pantheons, and galleries are a myriad of 15th and 16th century architectural styles and ornate decorations that fulfilled the design aspirations of the ambitious Philip II. The wind swept forests at the foot of Mount Abantos provide an austere atmosphere for the El Escorial complex whose breathtaking majesty matches that of the historic structure itself.. ... Read more »
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- Study the intricately rendered sculptures of the Courtyards of Kings, along with the spectacular Basilica and its highly detailed frescoes.
- Explore the Palace of King Philip II, including a visit to his chambers where the king could observe Mass and the many worshippers visiting from Madrid.
- See Spain’s military history come to life before your own eyes as you peruse the colourful frescoes that line the Hall of Battles.
Because the high frequency of day-trippers flocking from El Escorial to Madrid, tour buses are easy to find travelling to and from the capital. There’s so much to see and experience on the extensive grounds of El Escorial that a guided tour is the best way to absorb the history still permeating from its impressive walls. People who want to go it alone can take the metro from Madrid with a changeover in Chamartin. Rented bicycles are available in the small town for those who want to explore the surrounding countryside.« Hide