Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid, the biggest palace of Western Europe

  • The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the kings of Spain. However, did you know that they don’t actually live there? Their private residence is in the Zarzuela Palace, located in the outskirts of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid is nowadays used for state ceremonies.
    The Royal Palace of Madrid was built in year 1735 on the site of an Alcázar from the 9th century. The building is of Baroque and Classicism architectural styles, and it is the biggest palace of Western Europe. The locals also call it Palacio de Oriente, which means Eastern Palace.
  • The Royal Palace of Madrid is located in the district called centre, and in the biggest neighbourhood of that area, Palacio – which actually means Palace in Spanish. It is a historical neighbourhood, since it’s part of the city called El Madrid de los Austrias (The Madrid of the Habsburgs), the old centre of Madrid and a testimony of its imperial past. Many of your neighbours during your stay in the apartments near the Royal Palace of Madrid will be tourists like yourself, since this beautiful part of the city concentrates many important points of interest besides the Royal Palace of Madrid itself, such as the Almudena Cathedral.
  • Madrid is a very big city, and there are many places where you can go shopping. There aren’t that many shops around the Royal Palace of Madrid, though, since it’s located in a monumental area just next to the city centre. However, you won’t need to walk for very long to arrive to Gran Via, the centre of one of the main shopping areas of the city. There, and in the surrounding streets, you will find all the major fashion brands, as well as shoe, accessories and entertainment shops. But that’s not the only option! From the apartments near the Royal Palace of Madrid, you will be at 15-20 walking minutes from the famous flea market of El Rastro, where you will be able to enjoy yourself buying antiques, old books and many other unique things.
  • Madrid is a big city, and you will probably need to use a transportation system to make the most out of your visit there. The most comfortable one is undoubtedly the metro. There are lots of stations spread around the city and several lines, so we recommend you to buy a metro pass and to get a map. The metro station closest to the Royal Palace of Madrid is Opera, where you will be able to take lines 2 and 5, but you will also be very close to the station Plaza de España, where you will have access to lines 3 and 10.
    However, keep in mind that Madrid is a monumental city and that the Royal Palace isn’t far from other very interesting and beautiful tourist attractions, so you can also move around by feet. You will be at walking distance from the Plaza de España, Gran Vía or the unique Temple of Debod.
  • Of course, if you stay in any of the apartments near the Royal Palace of Madrid, one of the first things you will want to do is to visit the palace itself! You can do so for a small fee, around 10-12 euros for a ticket that includes a guided visit to the official rooms and the Royal Armoury and Pharmacy. Opening times is 10 in the morning, but we recommend you to be there by 11 to see the change of guards, a ceremony that your children will really enjoy.
    After visiting the Royal Palace of Madrid, you can visit another very important monument located just in front of it: the Almudena Cathedral, a beautiful Catholic cathedral of Neo-classical and Neo-Gothic style. You can also have a picnic or a quiet afternoon in the Campo del Moro, a huge and beautiful park located right next to both buildings. If you’re lucky, you may even see some squirrels and ducks – who said El Retiro was the only park in Madrid?
  • Madrid is a beautiful and entertaining city, and the fact that you will have lots of fun there is a given. But you are going to have lots of fun at the table, too! Spanish food and tapas are famous all around, and you’re in for some treats in the surroundings of the apartments near the Royal Palace. In fact, close by you will find one of the most famous restaurants in the city, one that many celebrities have visited during its history. We’re referring to the historic Casa Lucio, famous for their delicious huevos rotos.
    If you have a sweet tooth or want to surprise your children, in Pasadizo San Ginés you will find the Chocolateria San Ginés, where you will be able to try the thick and filling Spanish hot chocolate, together with some churros or any other pastry of your choice!
  • Many people claim that Madrid has one of the best nightlives in Europe, and one of the friendliest atmospheres in Spain – so don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy it! The Royal Palace of Madrid isn’t far from two of the main areas to go out in the city: Malasaña is located north of it, and if you go east you will soon find calle de las Huertas, where you will be able to enjoy the fun of its many bars and pubs. However, don’t forget that the Royal Palace of Madrid is also close to Gran Via, the main shopping area (as you saw in the section dedicated to shopping of this same page) and also one of the main entertainment areas due to the many theatres located there. Madrid is also famous for its theatre plays and musicals, so if you’re into that scene don’t forget to check the agenda of theatres such as Lope de Vega or Rialto! Besides, you can find an even more important theatre closer to the Royal Palace of Madrid: the Royal Theatre or Teatro Real, where you will be able to enjoy opera and ballet spectacles.
 
 

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