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Royal Palace of Madrid: Top 5 surprising facts about Spain's royal family

Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.

Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.

The Great Monarchies

The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.

Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.

Royal Spanish Wedding

On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.

The Spanish Anthem

The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.

Royal Palace of Madrid: Our Tips

Visit on a Wednesday—or don’t

Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.

Royal Palace of Madrid tickets

The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    Standard adult tickets start at 10€ and continue upwards with perks, tours and additional packages.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is definitely worth it. Not only will you learn about the city, you'll learn a lot of great historical facts.
  • How to get there
    Bus lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 all stop near the palace, or take underground lines 2 or 5 to the Opera Station.
  • Additional tips
    • Check online for updates on certain areas that may be undergoing renovations and are therefore closed.

What People Are Saying About Royal Palace of Madrid

Enjoyable tour, convivial guide, good places to visit.

Enjoyed the places we visited and the guide's commentary. Recommend without reservations.
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Joseph, 09/30/2016

The bus was very comfortable, the guide was knowledgeable, and we felt as though we had seen the high points of Avila and Segovia by the time the tour ended. Would recommend to other US tourists traveling in this área of Spain.
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Ben, 09/30/2016

A great way to get around and see all the wonderful sights quickly.

Great 3 hour bike tour to see the city highlights , very informative guide Only negative was our group was quite big 16!
Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English Reviewed by Judith, 09/18/2016

Great way to see Madrid and really be informed of its history

Our guide was fantastic, ensuring we were informed of all the historical relavence for each site we stopped at. Next time we would do the Segway tour first, then get around, it made such a difference to our experience of Madrid. Thank you, love your work.

Fantastic guide, fantastic city! Was so much fun

Enjoyed exploring Madrid this way as you do so much walking while travelling around Spain but to top it off our guide was informative, clear and calm English and everything we saw was interesting. Didn't drag out one bit...perfect!
Madrid Highlights: 3-Hour Cycling Tour Reviewed by Narelle, 09/12/2016

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