Free Tour of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on November 19, 2020

"Choose a job that you like and you will not have to work a day of your life" Confucius. Madrilenian by birth and traveler by vocation. My passion is traveling and this has also led me to live in Munich for a few years, which has allowed me to grow in many ways. It was in this city, where by chance I started working as a tour guide, a profession that allows me to combine two fields that I am passionate about, tourism and communication. I have always been linked to the world of tourism, which has allowed me to accumulate experience in different sectors and jobs. Ambitious in character, always looking for new projects to go a little further and constantly reinvent myself. This led me in 2019 to create my own tour company in Madrid and Munich called Todo Tours. With my feet on the ground and my eyes on a plane on my way to a new destination, I am always ready to undertake a new project, discover something new and learn as much as possible.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

A small town nestled in the Sierra de Guadarrama was chosen in the mid-16th century to house the Monastery of El Escorial, the greatest architectural legacy of Felipe II.

However, this building is only the best-known claim to what is possibly one of the most beautiful and interesting towns in Madrid: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the dream paved with stories on which the powerful monarch built his great refuge.

Get to know this wonderful town with our free tour, which will cover (for around two hours) the surroundings of the monastery.

In the Plaza de San Lorenzo, near where we will start the tour, we will talk about a servant of Velázquez with very good skills ; and, from there, we will continue to the Parque de Felipe II, where this king had a run-in with a soldier.

We will cross to the Carretera de la Estación , where we will be assailed by a question: Why is the enormous building that the king ordered to be built in the shape of a grill? Our steps will take us along Floridablanca street to the Carlos III Coliseum, the oldest closed theater in Spain.

We will return to the large esplanade that surrounds the monastery to learn about the legend of the gold bricks , and we will continue to the gardens of the friars , where we will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the place.

We will finish the tour along the Paseo de los Alamillos , looking for the mark that, according to legend, the devil himself left when he stepped on a rock, enraged because a young woman refused to blaspheme...

Come to know the history of this exciting town with us!

*The minimum for this tour is 4 people, normally we reach this figure, otherwise we would notify you in advance.

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  • Meeting point:
    Plaza de la Constitución, 28200 San L...
    Plaza de la Constitución, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
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    The guide will be waiting at the Plaza with a blue umbrella from Todo Tours.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Jose 16 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Juan nos explicó todo a la perfección con la máxima amabilidad. Sin duda fue un acierto total reservar la visita. Muchas gracias!!!
SONIA 10 Oct 2022

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
Entorno estupendo, historias entretenidas y guía que transmite.
VICTORIA 20 Sep 2022

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Travelled in family - Sep 2022
Un tour muy ameno y recomendable. Acompañado de las explicaciones y anecdotas del Guru Alex, que permitió que se adaptara a todas las edades. Gracias!!
agustina 11 Sep 2022

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Fue una gran experiencia en un lugar mágico que sin dudas repetiría!
Angela 07 Aug 2022

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Travelled in family - Aug 2022
Buena opción.-
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Who is this tour for?

Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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