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Madrid, Spain

Valley of the Fallen Tour

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Today: Closed
This Week
Sunday:8:45am
Monday:Closed
Tuesday:8:45am
Wednesday:8:45am
Thursday:8:45am
Friday:8:45am
Saturday:8:45am
Cost: $64.95 USD (55.00 EUR)

Dark Side of Spanish History

Valle de los Caidos (the valley of the fallen) is a beautiful pine clad valley in the mountain range which skirts Madrid to the north in the Sierra de Guadarrama. At the end of the valley is one of the most interesting and controversial monuments in Spanish history. Carved out of solid rock is a giant basilica and the burial place of Francisco Franco, the dictator who ruled Spain for more than forty years. The cross built on the mountainside that marks the entrance is over 100 meters tall and is clearly visible from Madrid. Few visitors leave without a clearer and deeper understanding of this dark side of Spanish history. You'll then move on to lunch in San Lorenzo de el Escorial at Charoles, considered one of the finest restaurants in Spain, and end with a visit to the monastery and palace of this town which has over 1000 rooms filled with rich history.

Utrip Tips

* Meet at Bus/Metro Interchange Moncloa, plaza Moncloa (Metro Moncloa). There is regular bus service to both Valle de los Caidos and to San Lorenzo de el Escorial.

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