El Escorial

San Lorenzo de El Escorial (also San Lorenzo del Escorial) is a town about 45 km northwest of Madrid in Spain. Set in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, its chief attraction is the Monastery of El Escorial, a World Heritage Site that was the power centre of the Spanish empire under King Felipe II. It’s usually visited as a day-trip from Madrid.

King’s Apartment in El Escorial

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Map of El Escorial

The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas (MAD). From the airport take the metro to Madrid Chamartin and change to Renfe local line C3, as below.

40.58535-4.132261 Estación El Escorial, C/ Santa Rosa, +34 902 320 320 (info/reservations). This is the terminus of Renfe regional train C3 from central Madrid. Trains run every 30-60 mins, taking just under an hour from Madrid Chamartín and 70 mins from Atocha station. El Escorial station is about 1.5 km south-east of the monastery, and the road leads up a long hill. Bus L1 connects them every 30 mins. (updated May 2018)

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