Palacio Real de Madrid/Madrid’s Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Madrid is a historic gem that is a must see while visiting Spain’s capital.   It is one of the largest royal palaces in Western Europe and the palace is the official residence of the Royal family.  However, during our tour, we learned that the palace is only used for official ceremonies.  The palace is owned and governed by the Spanish government.  The royal building was built on the site of a 9th century fortress or Alcazar and over the centuries, the Alcazar was replaced by the Royal Palace you see today.

Charles the V came to power in 1516 and restored the palace into the Renaissance style.  His son, Philip II, also added to the alcazar.  However, after a fire burned down the Alcazar, King Philip V built a new palace made out of limestone and granite in 1738.  The plan was to try to replicate the Versailles Palace in Paris.  There are over 2,800 rooms in the palace, which makes it the largest in all of Europe.(1)

This was my third visit to the palace.  While living in Madrid, it is a good place to take visitors to show them the history of Royal Spain.  I have always enjoyed learning more about the royal family and taking pictures of the palace.  However, I couldn’t take pictures inside the armory museum, which is one of my favorite rooms in.  Therefore, make sure you visit the armory prior to leaving.  The armory is located adjacent to the Plaza de la Armeria.

Although pictures are not allowed inside the rooms of the palace, you are able to take pictures in certain areas.  Enjoy the photos and I look forward to your feedback!

Plaza de la Armería

The square was built in 1882 and the Royal Guard holds their ceremonies in the plaza.












Almudena Cathedral.

Almudena Cathedral.

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Plaza Oriente

Plaza Oriente connects the Royal Palace with the Royal Theatre.   King Joseph Bonaparte built began the construction of the park in 1808, and it was finally completed after his death in 1844(2)


Statues of the Gothic Kings/Plaza Oriente.

Sabatini Gardens

The gardens are named after a muslim leader based his troops here in the year 1109.






When to Go


October – March/Monday – Saturday:  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday & Holidays:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

April – September/Monday – Saturday:  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday & Holidays 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


€8.00 & €10.00 for a Guided Tour


Special Thanks



Special thanks to Anna, for visiting me from Germany and joining me on the tour of the palace.  I am looking forward to seeing you this summer, amiga!


Learn more about Madrid’s Royal Palace and Spain’s Royal Guard.

*sources taken from palace booklet and wikipedia.

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2 Comments on “Palacio Real de Madrid/Madrid’s Royal Palace

  1. Such an impressive palace it surely is, but I didn’t know that the Royal Palace in Madrid is the largest palace in Europe. Beautiful photos too!


    • Bama, thank you for your input. What I learned was that the 2,800 + rooms makes it the largest palace. Enjoy and thanks for contributing!


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