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Opening hours
Winter (October to March): 10:00 - 18:00
Summer (April to September): 10:00 - 19:00
Best time to visit
Avoid midday hours in summer due to high temperatures.
Important information
  • The architectural monuments such as the basilica or the abbey.
  • The cross 150 meters high, seen kilometers away.
  • The complex set of tombs.

Valle de los Caídos is an impressive monument to those people who lost their lives during the Spanish Civil War. A touching tribute to the 40,000 victims whose remains lie buried underground. The immense structure has a basilica and a complex set of tombs that are located in a mountain valley north of El Escorial. The monument is crowned by a huge cross 150 meters high. It is supposedly the world`s tallest monument of its condition and is visible miles away. This impressive place is an admirable achievement, but it has brought enough controversy in turn. In fact, many argue the nature of a monument that commemorates only two names, the dictator Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the fascist Falange. Many voices believe that the monument is a tribute to the victorious side rather than a symbol of post-Civil War reconciliation.

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What it is included?
  • Round trip bus from the center of Madrid to Valle de los Caídos.
  • Entrance without queues to Valle de los Caídos.
  • Access to the interior of the basilica.
  • Specialized tourist guide.
  • Pick up on the street - at 09:00.
  • Show your ticket before entering to Valle de los Caídos.
  • Keep your ticket during the entire visit.
  • At 15:00, the bus returns to the center of Madrid (street -) so passengers must be already on board.

Cancellations are not possible for this entry.


Valle de los Caídos
Highway of Guadarrama / El Escorial, 28209, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid

The visit is not accessible for people with wheelchairs.
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Admission information

  • The duration of the tour is approximately six hours.


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