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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 yesterday via mobile

The third most visited spot in Spain, the 150 meter cross can be seen for miles around. A huge monument of atonement, tens of thousands of fatalities from the Spanish civil war are buried here. The best part for me was the service in the...More

Thank 1georgette
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) is an impressive and imposing site, which appears to have been neglected in parts, yet maintained well in others. The basilica itself is worth seeing; a large cathedral built into the solid rock of the mountain....More

Thank Simon H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a private tour in the same morning we saw the Monastery at El Escorial. It is a lovely drive up to the site. The views are absolutely lovely. The building is impressive in that it was built in a tunnel inside the mountain....More

Thank Julia F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this sight because it's a noteworthy architectural monument commemorating a noteworthy episode of Spanish and indeed European history. Given the controversy - or more accurately "controversy" as I came to believe after visiting the sight - that swirls around it, I was...More

Thank chansley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a private tour out here and to EL Escorial with MadridDayTours. The Valley itself is a mesmerising place especially when quiet in the early morning. It is a very impressive monument with a fascinating history. As an historian it was somewhere I have...More

Thank ANS321
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Valley of the Fallen is worth a visit. Go and see it, you won't regret it! To make best use of your time, visit the Monastery in El Escorial during the morning (allow maximum 3 hours). Then go to the bus station in El...More

2  Thank Ahlers
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

This memorial was built in 1940 to honour those killed in the Spanish Civil War. Forty thousand are buried here and Franco's tomb is here. It is a beautiful and impressive place. It houses a basilica and a 167 metre cross sit on the hill...More

Thank Alison J
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Regardless of your political views and the history behind this place the peoples whose lives were lost really would have died in vein if people stop com ing to see the fruits of their labor

Thank julia p
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The access road to the basilica was beautiful but not well signposted - we eventually decided we should have followed basilica signs to get to the car park. Funicular railway out of action and no access to the memorial at the top of the cliff....More

1  Thank Kathryn L
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We paid E40 for a round trip taxi to Valle de los Caidos. It is a stunningly stark but beautiful memorial for those 40,000 people you lost their lives during the Spanish Civil War under the Franco regime. Glad we made the trip

1  Thank sander36
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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 B | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus
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