Mr. Selfish and I thoroughly enjoyed Madrid so we didn’t really want to leave the city. However, when we received a recommendation from some locals for a day trip to El Escorial, we couldn’t resist.
El Escorial is about 30 miles northwest of Madrid and takes about an hour to get there by bus. It was the royal residence for Spanish royalty and also has also functioned as a monastery, museum, and school.
The outside of El Escorial is pretty epic. It was nice just to walk around and admire the majesty of the building.