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Located around an hour outside Madrid and often combined with a visit to historic Toledo, El Escorial is a town home to the Monastery San Lorenzo el Real built during the reign of King Philip II.

The monastery of El Escorial is the Pantheon of the Spanish Kings as well as Palace, Monastery and Church and has a fantastic range of art and the magnificent room containing the gold sarcophagi of the Spanish Kings.

The Valley of the Fallen is an equally impressive memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War and contains Franco's Mausoleum.