If walls could talk, those of the palace-monastery of El Escorial would tell the tales of love and political intrigues of the monarchs who have ruled Spain. Madrid Experience offers you the chance to take a VIP Tour of the Royal Palace of El Escorial which centres around King Phillip II – son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain – and a great collector of imposing works of art, priceless books as well as religious relics. Phillip II was a devout Catholic who also believed Astrology and Art could be used as State tools and the Royal Palace of El Escorial represents the monarch’s mystical and political views.
This imposing palace-monastery was built by Phillip II in the sixteenth century, and it houses the Royal Mausoleum, where the tombs of all of Spain’s monarchs, but two, are to be found. Our VIP Tour of El Escorial will reveal who is missing, and why, as well as showing you some of El Escorial’s architectural jewels not normally accessed by regular visitors.
Several historians have said that had El Escorial not existed, Versailles would never have been built, making the former Royal residence a must-see for any visitor to Madrid, and one which Madrid Experience will be happy to organize for you.
Gastronomic delicacies: A wide selection of beef stews
Duration of the VIP Tour of El Escorial Palace: 5 hours
Clothing recommendations: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen