Less than an hour's train ride north of Madrid is the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a majestic building complex that was once the residence of mystic King Felipe II of Spain. Considered to be the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance, El Escorial today functions as a monastery, royal palace and museum. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The location of El Escorial is as awe-inspiring as the structure is austere. As you look out at the surrounding semi-forested hills of the Sierra de Guadarrama you can almost feel the power that this building once exuded centuries ago. It is indeed a palace fit for a king. Inside the quadrangle, Trabblrs can spend hours exploring the basilica, reflecting on the incredible art collection, descending into crypts, and walking the manicured gardens. Once you're done checking out El Escorial, venture into the small town for a bit or drink before taking the bus or train back to Madrid.
Meeting point: To the left of Chamartin station's main entrance in Madrid. Once the group is ready, you can head on in and buy your train tickets together.
Leaders, trains leave from Madrid's Chamartin station just about every hour on the 50. You can refer to the Renfe Cercanias website for more detailed departure times. We recommend setting the event time one hour earlier from the departure time - there are often queues to get tickets!