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Valle de los Caidos

Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
+34 918 90 56 11
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Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
+34 918 90 56 11
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This basilica is on Guadarrama range with basilica implanting into the mountain beneath the giant cross. The main hall is very huge with center locating the cross which is the same position of tge giant cross. Pictures/ video/ cameras are not allowed in the basilica....More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 3 days ago

A 500 foot tall granite cross is visible from a distance to mark the mountain which contains an underground basilica housing up to 40,000 victim's of Spain's 20th century civil war which occurred from 1936 to 1939. The interior of the basilica is impressively cut...More

Thank Scouter710
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place - MUST SEE!!! Immense catholic basilica is stunning on the inside and outside. This place left me awe. Easy to drive from Madrid, free parking. Must go!!!

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing location, very easy to get to via a bus from the Escorial bus station. Beautiful sites, inside and out. The bus ride was about 15 mins. Very worth it.

Thank Erica H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the mountains and off the road between Segovia and San Lorenzo del Escorial. A monument to those who died during the terrible Spanish Civil War. While the monument itself is rather somber, there are some nice views from it. General Francisco Franco is entombed...More

Thank jaimeelsabio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Under an hour drive from Madrid, this immense Catholic basilica in a remote area is stunning on the inside and outside. Few sights leave me in awe, but this one did. No photos are allowed inside but there is a little gift shop at the...More

Thank wdc3293
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monument is controversial to the Spanish. It was built by Franco after the civil war and utilized some political prisoners for labor during the 18 year construction. Some say Franco built this as a lasting tribute to himself. But the monument is awe inspiring....More

Thank SiggysPals
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The magnitude of the cross was enough for this visit but entering the basilica was incredible! This basilica was carved into the side of the granite hillside and overlooks the land below. The basic iliac is simple yet grand. The size of the entry hall...More

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just 40 minute bus ride away from Madrid, there is the most monumental and stunning sacred place we have ever seen. The views are remarkable, but when you enter the huge basilica it literally takes your breath away. Definitely a must-to-see place when you visit...More

Thank violar07
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a huge monument to the Spanish Civil War. Built by forced laborers under the Franco regime. Its an impressive site but hard to get appreciate given the circumstances under which it was built. Although, they could be said of many of the cathedrals...More

Thank Elizabeth P
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Simon H
It appears easy to get to El Escorial by public transport and there are public buses from Madrid to the entrance of the monument, from where I believe there is a 4.8km walk to the basilica. There also appears to be a 'special' bus from El Escorial once a day that takes you right up to the monument and includes the entrance fee. "Salida de San Lorenzo de El Escorial a las 15:15 y que sube hasta el monumento (Basílica y Hospedería)" returning at 17:30. Is the 'special' bus still running and does it avoid the 4.8km walk from the entrance? It does appear to be the case, but I'd like some confidence from someone who's actually done it recently and can confirm - thanks.
16 April 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
I believe the bus still runs
If you visited this site by car, would you please describe how close to the monument can one drive from the main road and where to park. Also, I understand that the funicular does not work. Could you describe the walk from the parking site and the climb to the top of the site. I thank you in advance, John
31 July 2016|
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Response from Alex F | Reviewed this property |
From parking area to Monument about half kilometer or 500 m. There was no alternative to climb to the top of the cross other than the funicular which is or was undergoing repairs.
I just booked it for this Friday (8th of June). It says you can be picked up at your hotel/hostel, but there wasn't an option to plug in where you're staying. Where do I meet up with the tour guide if you can't pick up at the hostel?
5 July 2016|
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Response from Robin P | Reviewed this property |
1. Fiund the name of tour provider - it will be on your voucher or reservation confirmation. 2. Google them, find an email address and email them re pick up, providing name and full address of where you are staying... More