For Spaniards El Escorial is the 8th Wonder of the World, and when we visit it you will understand why they make this claim.
Built under the directions of the King Philip II in the mid 16th century, El Escorial took 21 years to build and is located at the foot of the mountains less than one hour´s drive from the capital. It has been, in its rich past, a Royal Residence, Monastery, Library and a last resting place for Hapsburg & Bourbon kings & queens.
Our El Escorial Tour
The Society´s singular tour takes 2 hours as we explore the cellars, chambers, bedrooms, great halls, impressive Basilica and the Pantheon to learn about these Royals who ruled centuries ago and had, in their life-times, a hundred monks to pray for their souls!
Paintings by El Greco, Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens and other great artists adorn the many rooms. After browsing the fine gift-shop we stroll through the Royal Gardens before heading off to enjoy lunch at a friend´s restaurant in a cozy, quiet plaza. A very rewarding day indeed!
We also arrange for those interested, a visit to the nearby VALLEY OF THE FALLEN, where Generalisimo Francisco Franco is buried. We explain aspects of the Spanish Civil War and what life was like under Franco’s dictatorship (our Chairman actually lived in Madrid the last year of Franco’s life!).
375 € for 2 people,
110 € for each additional
Family & group prices upon request
VIP chauffeur service is available for all members. Please inquire.
Transport, museum fees, first refreshment and the Chairman as your guide (cost of lunch not included).
All tours include Wellington Society of Madrid membership