We took the bus from Madrid. ( the Rick Steve's book has excellent info). It's a quick 10 minute stroll to El Escorial.
The building is massive, and rather austere on the outside. Parts of the interior, also, are rather austere. It was fascinating to see how the royal family of Phillip lived here.
While we were in the chapel, an organist started playing, however it was too cold for us to enjoy it. Although it was about 80 degrees outside in the sun, we were actually shivering in the chapel; it could not have been more Han 45 degrees. Dress in layers!
Afterward, we stopped in town for some cervesas, and some very nice food, very reasonably priced. A mice half day trip from Madrid.
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