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El Escorial & El Valle de los Caidos

by jayhawk2000

Would anyone be aware if there is still the bus from El Escorial to El Valle de los Caidos?

Last I heard, it runs from Plaza de la Virgen de Gracia at 3.15pm Tues-Sunday, returning at 5.30pm and that the €8 return ticket includes admission to the monument. These specifics aren't on the Patrimonio Nacional website.

Has anyone done this recently and can confirm this information still accurate? Also, are we looking for a bus stop in the plaza, or is it a travel agency?

Many thanks, it sounds like a good daytrip from Madrid.

Re: El Escorial & El Valle de los Caidos

by unaS


Re: El Escorial & El Valle de los Caidos

by jayhawk2000

Someone else in another forum offered me the following, this sounds like a regular service and not the tourist special:

"Yes, there is a bus from El Escorial to the Valle de los Caidos, is the number 660, the bus leaves from the street San Juan Toledo near the plaza de la Virgen de Gracia, the bus leaves approx. each hour. Here ,you have a line diagram and departure timetable:

The price is 1.20 €, does not include the entry to the Valle ; I think it’s 5 € and the Valle opens
From October to March: 10.00 -17.00 h
From April to September: 10.00 -18.00 h..
The monday it’s closed!!!!"

Re: El Escorial & El Valle de los Caidos

by jayhawk2000

In the end, we only visited El Escorial and did not bother with El Valle, which we saw from the train as we approached the mountains. Probably just as well, there was a thunderstorm when we returned to the train station and left town.

We were disappointed with the palace. The basilica is closed for renovations but they still charged us full price. Many of the paintings are copies of what was removed to the Prado. The surrounding town was dull and we had a vile meal at a place called La Chistera.

Next time we'll do Segovia and Toledo instead!

Travel Tips for Madrid

Parque del Retiro.

by Maurizioago

This park was originally built for king Felipe IV and was opened to the public in the 1800's.

The Palacio de Cristal (see pics) was built in 1887. It was originally used to display exotic plants. Now it houses some temporary exibits.


by markeveleigh

Guía del Ocio, the essential weekly publication of what’s on in the city, lists more than 500 restaurants in Centro catering for every taste from Afrodisiaca to Vegetariana. But the best way to sample the great variety of Spanish food is to spend an evening dining on tapas. Although some proficiency in Spanish is useful, the courage to give anything a try is more important, as you can simply point at what you fancy when you order your drink. The streets between Plaza Santa Ana and Sol are packed with tapas bars and some are renowned for particular specialities: try the chorizo in cider at Cervecería Alemana (Hemingway’s old hangout); garlic prawns at La Costa de Vejer; red-pepper salad at La Taurina; the patatas bravas (‘savage potatoes) at Las Bravas…
The most cost-effective meals are usually the midday menus del dia, which often consist of a choice of three courses, with wine, followed by dessert or coffee for around ₤6.

Beautiful park to see the sunset

by chetverona

In the west corner of the city there is the "Parque del Oeste" (West Park). It's green year-round, very well kept with flowers, an artificial creek and pond, and many people relaxing, exercising, walking dogs, in love, drinking or playing music, etc. It is never crowded (like the Parque del Retiro tends to be).
Get off the subway at Moncloa station and take the exit "Intercambiador", cross the street and you're there. Once you hit the park walk left. It's big so don't just see the first part (which is the most crowded).

It's everywhere!!!

by IIGUANA about El Corte Inglés

El Corte Inglés is the biggest (and maybe only one?) department store in Madrid. And it's not only one nor 2 or 3. There are dozens of them everywhere in the city.
So if you want to buy something and don't have the time to shop around in small stores, get yourself into ECI and you'll probably find what you're looking for! If you're looking for perfumes, electronics and underwear, the shop works. Men's apparel... I didn't find anything...

Palacio Gaviria on Calle...

by BellaMora

Palacio Gaviria on Calle Arenal and El Son on Calle Victoria. Both at the Puerta del Sol. El Son was a Salsa club and there were some good dancers there. Palacio Gaviria was a beautiful club that many different rooms (just what I needed) that played R&B, House, Salsa, Swing, and other music. I was there for New Years Eve so it was even more special!


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