El Escorial was founded by Felipe II in order to commemorate the victory of Spain in the battle of St Quentin against the French troops the 10 August 1557, Saint LorenzoÂ´ s Day. Its architecture is simple and austere, without ornamentation.
It was understood as a royal pantheon for his parents, Carlos e Isabel of Portugal, and also for himself and for his successors. Its well balanced composition and austerity in decoration are some of the elements that make this place so important.
From 1 October to 31 March, Tuesday to Sunday: From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
From 1 April to 30 September, Tuesday to Sunday: From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This monument is closed: Mondays.
General Entrance Ticket: 9 â‚¬ (Guided visit).
7 â‚¬ (Free visit, short route).
8 â‚¬ (Free visit, long route).
Reduced Price Entry: 6 â‚¬ (groups organized by travel agencies).
Minimum Price Entry: 3.50 â‚¬ (free visit, short route): 4 â‚¬ (free visit, long route); (people over 65 years old, retired people, pensioners, Youth Card, school groups and members of the ICOM, with ID and children between 5 and 16 years old, only members of the European Union, Students, disabled people with ID).
Free entry: children under 5 years old, arranged visits with schools and Wednesdays for members of the European Union.