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.
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