The Royal Palace of Madrid

The royal palace of Madrid built in the XVIII century, is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now only used for state ceremonies. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe contains 3,418 rooms.

Date : 05.06.2020     Author : Skye      Editor : Mayfair

Royal Palace of Madrid

When is the best time to visit?

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

The temperature is an inland Mediterranean climate which is dry and hot in summer(15℃∼30℃), rainy and cold in winter(-1℃∼7℃). The recommended period for travelling is from Jun to September. So, have you decided the date? Shall we depart to Madrid?

About Palacio Real de Madrid
(The Royal Palace of Madrid)

The palace locates on the site of a 9th-century Moorish Alcázar. After Madrid fell to King Alfonso VI of Castile in 1083, the edifice was only rarely used by the kings of Castile until King Felipe II moved his court to Madrid in 1561.

After it burned 24 December 1734, King Felipe V ordered a new palace built on the same site. Construction spanned the years 1738 to 1755 and King Carlos III first occupied the new palace in 1764. The last monarch who lived continuously in the palace was King Alfonso XIII, although Manuel Azaña, president of the Second Republic, also inhabited it, making him the last head of state to do so.


What you must see in The Royal Palace of Madrid

First of All, you must see the luxurious rooms!!

In more than 3,000 rooms, the palace is exposed about 50 rooms to the public. These rooms are represented the palace with their old glory. Each room is designed in unique way following the famous artists such as Sacchetti, Gasprini and so on.


The Porcelain Room

The room is beautifully decorated by china on the wall


The Gasparini Room

A dressroom decorated in the Rococo style designed by Mattia Gasparini.


The Crown Room

The Crown Room houses designed by Sacchetti and is the important symbols of the monarchy namely the Crown and Royal Sceptre and Proclamation Speech of King Felipe VI among other regalia.

Banquet room

The Banquet Room

The largest room in the palace was converted by 3 rooms by Alfonso XII, and there are more than 150 seating areas.

Campo del Moro Gardens

Campo del Moro Gardens

The Campo del Moro means the Park of the Moors originated the Muslim leader Ali ben Yusuf who camped here with his troops in 1109 during an attempted reconquest of Madrid. Moreover, the park was designed in the Romanticist style with elegance fountains from Aranjuez (aka The triton fountain) and infante (aka The fountain of the shells.).

What you can find in Ticket Here

We’ve got only limitation time allowed to look around the magnificent heritages.

Our professional guide will help you with various options as you need.

Early Access Skip the Line Guided Tour Royal Palace

Guided tour of ‘The Royal Palace of Madrid’.

Our lovely tour guide will point out The significant places and artifacts with interesting backgrounds.

Please enjoy every corner of the places which has a double size of Buckingham place through the Grand Staircase, and the Throne Room also the Banqueting Hall, among others!

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Skip the Line Madrid Royal Palaces
Skip the Line Madrid Royal Palaces

Full-day guided tour visiting 3 attractions;

The Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace of Arnajuez
The Museum of Royal Felucca

In addition, the transportation between attractions is included.

You will learn about the Spanish royal cultures while you are traveling.

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Royal Palace and Prado Museum: Transfer Included

Guided tour of The Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado Museum

In addition, the transportation between attractions is included.

Prado museum is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art includes the massive masterpieces by Spanish representative painters; Francisco Goya, El Greco and Diego Velázquez.

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The Royal Palace of Madrid

Opening hour of Royal Palace

In Summer(April to September), 10am – 8pm

In Winter(October to March), 10am – 6pm

The ticket office closes and last entry would be an hour before the closing time.

The palace is closed on 1st May, 25th December, 1st and 6th January.

Also opening at 5.00pm on 12th October,

closing at 3pm on 24th & 31st December

(* The schedule is possibly changed due to any events, please check the website before your visiting day.)

How much is the ticket for the Royal palace of Madrid?

Basically the ticket is 10 €. If you are an EU citizen/resident, the free entry is valid 2 hours before the closing time. Highly recommend to buy the ticket in advance on online otherwise a long queue is expected to purchase it. There are free entry days on 18th May(International museum day) and 12th October(National day).

Changing of the guard

If you want to feel the moment of traditions, pleae don’t miss out the opportunity! Changing of the guard on every Wednesdays and Saturdays in Puerta del Principe at 11am to 14pm(10am to 12pm in July & August), Solemn changing of the guard, which recalls the one made daily in times of kings Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII, takes place the first Wednesday of every month(except January, August and September.) in the Armoury Square at 12pm.

How to get to the Royal Palace of Madrid?

Calle de Bailén, s/n 28013 Madrid, Spain

If your accommodation is far from the palace more than walking distance, don’t worry. 

  • If you take Metro…
  • Ópera (L2, L5, R), Plaza de España (L2, L3, L10)
  • If you take Local train (Cercanías)
  • Madrid-Sol
  • If you take Bus…
  • Take Bus No. 3, 25, 39, 46, 62, 75, 138, 148, C1, C2, N16, N18, N19, N20

What you eat near The Royal Palace of Madrid?

La Campana

If you feel a bit pekish, why don’t you try some Madrid special? Calamari sandwich is one of those!

This is the restaurant Bar La Campana (£, Calle Botoneras, 628012), please grab a bit of Calamares.

It will give you a mouthful of joy!


If you are hungry more, Botin is the right one.

Sobrino de Botín(£££, Calle de Cuchilleros, 17, 28005) is Spanish fixture opened since 1725, famous for its roast suckling pig mentioned in a Hemingway novel.

What you find to see near The Royal Palace of Madrid?

  • Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid
  • +33 1 45 49 16 00
Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

Let’s meet some locals in Plaza Puerta del Sol! Puerta del Sol means the gate of the sun, it is famous for the meeting place to Madrid citizens. It is located in the heart of Madrid, you can go to the Madrid palace to the west of the plaza and Prado museum to the east of the plaza within walking distance.

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