Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
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Guide was excellent. He explained about as much for the Spanish speakers as the English speakers. We had an excellent English speaking guide for inside El Escorial as the group was split by language. As a mining engineer I found the underground basilica at Valley of the Fallen quite incredible. How were such a large opening constructed in the 1940-50s? Forget the politics.Reviewed by: David E, November 2013
Best trip everReviewed by: Scotty, October 2013
Tour was good. The guide was very knowledgeable.Reviewed by: Maks S, November 2013
This is a must see if you are visiting Madrid and was an easy day trip to make. I was disappointed however to find out that they do not allow you take pictures inside the Monastery. I signed up for English tour but they put us into a tour that was done in both English and Spanish. I think it was because they did not have enough to fill either group. No explanation was given. Even though our guide was good, I did not really like that I had to listen through a language I did not understand. I felt it took time away from hearing more in English.Reviewed by: DOREEN L, November 2013
Tour was supposed to be English only but ended up in Spanish and English, not what we signed up for. Because of this the tour felt rushed and there was little time for pictures or questions. The office is pure chaos and we didn't even hear our tour called because it was called in Spanish. I wouldn' recommend this tour.Reviewed by: Stan L, October 2013