Built in the 16th century, this extensive complex used to be a royal residence of the Monarchy of Spain. It houses a church, monastery, royal palace and library. Be sure to visit also the Gardens of the Friars, adjacent to the monastery.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for a perfect day trip from Madrid. Easily accessible by train.
Oct - Mar: Tue - Sun: 10 am - 6 pm
Apr - Sep: Tue - Sun: 10 am - 8 pm
Closed on Mondays, Jan 1, 6, May 1, Dec 24, 25, 31.
Children (under 5): free
Official Website http://www.patrimonionacional.es/
More information at spain.info http://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres/arte/monumentos/madrid/real_monasterio_de_san_lorenzo_de_el_escorial.html
UNESCO website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/318
Phone +34 91 890 59 03
Address Avda. Don Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n. 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°35'20.644" N -4°8'52.96" E