Royal Palace of Madrid


About the Royal Palace

Otherwise known in Spanish as the “Palacio Real”, the Royal Palace was built during the 18th and 19th centuries and is a monumental building.  It replaced the former medieval Alcázar, which was burnt to the ground in 1794. The present day Royal Palace was decorated to the tastes of Charles III and is extremely lavish inside. Visitors can wander through many of the luxurious rooms and banqueting halls, throne room, residential areas, the Royal Armoury, Royal Pharmacy and beautiful surrounding gardens. The palace has 135,000 m2 of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms making it the largest royal palace in Europe.

Helpful information about the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is situated in the centre of Madrid, Spain. The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport and is approximately 14 kms from the city centre. From the airport you can take the metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios which takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis operating at the airport. Getting from the city centre to the palace on public transport can be done via the metro (Opera Red Line, L2 or Green Line, L5) or by city bus to Calle de Bailén.

Opening times for the palace: 

October - March:         Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

April - September:       Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00     

Making the most of the Royal Palace 

The surrounding area outside of the Royal Palace is impressive. There is a vast courtyard behind elegant iron fencing. To the side of the courtyard is an unexpected and stunning view across the countryside beyond. It's as if Madrid just stops and the fields and trees start. On a clear day this panoramic view is breathtaking.  The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. For more detailed information, go to Wikipedia.

Where to stay in Madrid when visiting the Royal Palace 

To really enjoy your visit to Madrid why not stay in some of the most perfect rental accommodation. In the city centre you can choose to stay in luxurious houses, chic apartments, stylish bed and breakfasts and all within easy reach of the Royal Palace.

Things to do near the Royal Palace 

While in the area of the Royal Palace, why not take the opportunity of visiting some of the near-by attractions such as the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple & museum moved from Aswan and rebuilt in lush parkland with sunset views over Madrid, or perhaps the Jardines de Sabotini, a neoclassical garden with terraces, fountains, statues and regular outdoor events.

More information about the Royal Palace

To find out more information, please contact the venue directly on the official website.  Here you can explore the expositions being hosted at the palace as well as magnificent works of art displayed there. 

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