Discover El Escorial Monastery Spain

Not far from Madrid, the El Escorial monastery overlooks the slopes of the Sierra Guadarrama. An austere granite monument, built under Philipp II, it encloses a basilica covered by a 92m-high dome and houses palaces once occupied by the Austrian dynasties. Start with the Royal Pantheon, home to numerous royal tombs, and then move on to the library and its superb ceiling decorated by Tibaldi. Finish with the Art gallery, where you can discover the master piece painted by Rogier Van der Weyden in the 15th century: "The Descent from The Cross".

  • El Escorial Monastery , Spain
    El Escorial Monastery

    This monastery is in Castile at the heart of an exceptional natural setting.

    © Iakov Filimonov / 123RF
  • El Escorial Monastery , A historical residence , Spain
    A historical residence

    The Spanish royal family and King Philip II lived in this monastery.

    © Richard Semik / 123RF
  • El Escorial Monastery , Herrera architecture , Spain
    Herrera architecture

    The monastery was built by Juan de Toledo and Juan de Herrera and is at the origin of the designation 'Herrerian architecture'.

    © Hans Geel / 123RF
  • El Escorial Monastery , The church , Spain
    The church

    The tombs of Charles V and Philip II lay in this church in the form of a Greek cross.

    © Lukasz Janyst / 123RF
  • El Escorial Monastery , The monastery's structure , Spain
    The monastery's structure

    The monastery is made of granite stone and is divided into three vertical zones with the Courtyard of the Kings at its centre.

    © Iakov Filimonov / 123RF
  • El Escorial Monastery , The rooms of the monastery , Spain
    The rooms of the monastery

    The ministries, the Official Buildings, the Company Quarters and the Pantheon of the Princes can all be visited.

    © Victor Pelaez Torres / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

Our holiday packages to Spain

Toutes les offres sont affichées en TTC (frais de réservation inclus)

  • Holiday to Ohasis in LOS CRISTIANOS (SPAIN) for 3 nights (SC) departing from LGW on 15 Jun
    - Spain
    Holiday to Ohasis in LOS CRISTIANOS (SPAIN) for 3 nights (SC) departing from LGW on 15 Jun
    TUI
    £452
    4days / 3nights
  • Holiday to Ohasis in LOS CRISTIANOS (SPAIN) for 3 nights (SC) departing from MAN on 07 Jun
    - Spain
    Holiday to Ohasis in LOS CRISTIANOS (SPAIN) for 3 nights (SC) departing from MAN on 07 Jun
    TUI
    £474
    4days / 3nights
  • Holiday to Tui Suneo Tamaimo Tropical - Self Catering in PUERTO DE SANTIAGO (SPAIN) for 3 nights (SC) departing from MAN on 07 Jun
    - Spain
    Holiday to Tui Suneo Tamaimo Tropical - Self Catering in PUERTO DE SANTIAGO (SPAIN) for 3 nights (SC) departing from MAN on 07 Jun
    TUI
    £482
    4days / 3nights

Spain : Discover our cities

  • Madrid
    Madrid
  • Barcelona
    Barcelona
  • Las Palmas
    Las Palmas
  • Ibiza, The Balearic Islands, Spain,
    Ibiza
  • Valencia
    Valencia
  • Seville
    Seville
  • Bilbao
    Bilbao
  • Vitoria
    Vitoria
  • La Coruna
    La Coruna
  • Murcia
    Murcia
  • Santa Cruz De La Palma
    Santa Cruz De La Palma
  • Cadiz
    Cadiz
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Vigo
    Vigo
  • Valladolid
    Valladolid
  • Tarragona
    Tarragona
  • Santander
    Santander
  • Pamplona
    Pamplona
  • Formentera
    Formentera
  • Cordoba
    Cordoba
  • Lloret de Mar
    Lloret de Mar
  • Porto Cristo
    Porto Cristo
  • Sant Antoni de Portmany
    Sant Antoni de Portmany
  • Colonia Sant Jordi
    Colonia Sant Jordi
  • Benidorm
    Benidorm
  • Besalú
    Besalú
  • Logroño
    Logroño
  • Tudela
    Tudela
  • Costa Brava
    Costa Brava
  • Garachico
    Garachico

Spain : The regions

  • Andalusia
    Andalusia
  • Spain Balearic Islands
    The Balearic Islands
  • The Canary Islands, Spain, Spain, The Canary Islands
    The Canary Islands
  • Asturias
    Asturias
  • Aragón
    Aragón
  • Cantabria
    Cantabria
  • Castile la Manche
    Castile-La Mancha
  • Castile and Leon
    Castile and Leon
  • Catalonia
    Catalonia
  • Extremadura
    Extremadura
  • Galicia, Spain
    Galicia
  • La Rioja
    La Rioja
  • Basque Country, Spain
    Basque Country
  • Community of Madrid
    Community of Madrid
  • Navarra
    Navarra
  • Murcia
    Murcia
  • Community of Valencia
    Community of Valencia
Spain : Holidays
  • Holidays
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Flight + Hotel
  • Cars