The Royal Palace of Madrid is the Official Residence of the Spanish Royal Family. It has 135, 000 m2 (1, 450, 000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3, 418 rooms, it is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe.
But this could be the least important thing about it. I want to explain to you about the Spanish Monarchy, when did it start, why the Royal Palace is in its current location, the reasons to build it, and its relationship with the origins of Madrid. How many palaces have there been on the same spot over the last 1000 years? Why? What is the relationship between the American Dollar and Spain? This is one of the secrets that I will explain to you here.
The current palace was finished by the end of the '60s of the XVIII century when the young United States started fighting the English Crown (with some Spanish help), and when James Cook officially discovered Australia! Come with me to know more about this magnificent building and some of the legends around it!
Start point: hotel or the Royal Palace area. Walk to the Palace.
Plaza de Oriente square, outside the Royal Palace.
At the entrance there is a Hand Sanitizer at your disposal, our body temperature will be checked and before going through the metal detector, we must let our personal belongings through the X-ray machine, for security reasons. Apart from being a Museum, it is an official building that receives the King, ambassadors, and many official receptions. Security first.
We'll go inside the Royal Palace square and official chambers: the King's apartments, the Throne Room, the Porcelaine chamber, among many others, where the tourist visit co-exists with the use of the Royal Palace by the Spanish authorities when needed.
Royal Armoury, the second one in importance in Europe
Having done that, there are some nice places around the area to enjoy a few drinks, of coffee and cake. You choose!
The itinerary can be adapted to traveler's interests: do not hesitate to contact me for a customized tour
MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION
Meeting Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Plaza de Oriente 4, outside (or inside if you want) the LA BOTILLERIA restaurant. They open around 10:30
Duration: 3 hours
- Guiding Services
- Admission Tickets
ESTIMATED LOCAL CASH NEEDED
10 Euros - Depending on where your accommodation is, you'll need to get a taxi or subway to the Palace, prices vary from 2 euros on.
After that, you don't need any money unless you want to buy a souvenir or postcard after the tour is over. During the tour, you don't really need any cash.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks