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El Escorial, Spain

Nestled at the foot of the Monte de Abantos in the Sierra de Guadarrama is the monumental monastery, San Lorenzo del Escorial. The monastery is located just outside of Madrid and is accessible by car, train or bus. Out of all the possible day trips you can take from the capital, El Escorial is essential and not as frequented by tourists such as Toledo or Avila. It is also a perfect choice if you choose to venture to the Iberian peninsula in summer, as its mountain location is always a few degrees cooler and refreshing. Upon arriving in El Escorial, the monstrous dome of the basilica towers over the landscape and is visible from practically any point from the village, including the train station. It truly a hidden gem tucked into the foothills.

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