A wonderful building with even more wonderful gardens. You can tour the palace on your own, at your leisure, or for a few pesetas more you can take a guided tour in English, Spanish, German, or French. Also, international student discounts are offered at most museums so be sure to bring your student ID. The entrance is on the south end of the Palace. Unless there are lines you might not notice it immediately.
Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM / Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 AM to 16:00PM
Fondest memory: Some History: The palace was commissioned in the early 1700s by the first of Spain's Bourbon rulers, Felipe V. It took 26 years to build, and today it takes nearly two hours for a guided tour to even begin to scratch the surface of its treasures. They include a two-ton crystal chandelier in the Salon de Gasparini, King Carlos III's ornate private apartments; the Royal Library, which boasts a first edition of Cervantes's DON QUIXOTE; and the Music Museum, which has the world's largest collection of instruments built by the legendary luthier Stradivarius. Don't worry about running into the King and Queen: no royalty has lived in the palace since 1931.
Fondest memory: but it's an easy mistake to make, with all of this GOLD on the ceilings!!! Well, gold-colored framing to the hundreds of paintings. One or two well-placed chandeliers and you have enough reflected light for the entire city in this one room. This one really big room...;-) Need even more light? How about a brilliant + toasty fireplace, mmm?
This is only one of the examples of ceilings that you will find at the Royal Palace.
Some of the paintings of the ceilings deserve the visit, without including the incredible decoration, the tapestries, the walls covered in materials....
The Royal Palace is evidently a place-to-visit, and don’t miss out on Jardines de Sabatini. It is such a nice place!
It's like this... you visit Cervante's monument and continue walking to the Jardines de Sabatini. NICE spot! And the pedestrian zone starts... to your right: Palacio Real!
Fondest memory: ...the crowds of people, sitting in the green grass just opposite of the Royal Palace, reading a book (or the visitors reading one of the many Madrid-guides). The magnitud of the architecture excites you and yet, the tranquillity of the atmosphere relaxes you.
Favorite thing: This row of sculptures can be found right in front of the royal palace. Actually, these are not just sculptures these are queens that originally were planned to be placed on top of the palace. But the plans have changed after the stone ladies were found too heavy for the “royal pedestal”. This is why today they are placed in a tiny park facing the palace.
The people here have great love for their King, and it surely reflect on the way they talk and relate with him. His palace remained one of the biggest building in Madrid, and is a place for tourist alike.
Fondest memory: The fact that monachy, or Aristocratism is still tolerated here.
Palacio Real would be the one thing if I had to make a choice. Although the exterior is bland, inside is over-the-top and beyond.
This picture is of what might have been. The statues shown here are of the old Spanish kings and were to have been placed atop the palace but they were too heavy and thus ended up in the nearby park.
Fondest memory: I loved Estacion de Atocha. The main international train terminal is not what you'd expect. It features a palm garden right in the middle.
Inaugurated in 1851, the garden was inserted in 1980 when the station was upgraded.
At the Royal Palace, you can find this Pharmacy or also called Real Botica.
Here there are medical and pharmaceutical object that date from 17 and 19 centuries ..
At the entrance of the palace at your right
Favorite thing: See a palace, naturally... PALACIO REAL is Madrid's most lavish royal palace & I found the Porcelain Room, a room fully decorated & covered with royal porcelain from the Buen Retiro factory most interesting.
Interested to see how the Bourbon Kings of Spain live?
Then head straight to the centrally located Palacio Real (Royal Palace). This is the palace where King Juan Carlos of Spain holds his state dinners. He and his consort do not live here anymore. They are currently staying in the more modest Zarzuela Palace - located along the outskirts of Madrid.
That's me just a few hundred feet away from the Palacio Real (Royal Palace).
You can't really see the palace in the background which has been covered in fog. Madrid can sometimes be foggy in late-autumn.
The Royal Palace & Gardens is a favourite visit for tourists & local alike.
Fondest memory: Blue skys & sunshine & Spanish hospitality
Very beautiful & clean city great sightseeing city..........
Favorite thing: Next to the Royal Palace is the Cathedral of Almudena where you'll find neo-gothic furnishings like this altar.
Favorite thing: This immense palace has around 2,000 rooms. People can tour 20 or so of the rooms to get a sampling of the rich tapestries, ornate furnishings, and paintings.