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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

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 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

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

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 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.

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information

    • 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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 2,036 reviews

Our tour guide Lydia did a great job of describing the history of the palace and provided detailed anecdotes about the monarchs who lived in it. The tour lasted a good amount of time and was a lot of fun. We did the early morning tour, which allowed us to see the palace without a lot of people being there.

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This tour was amazing! Our tour guide, Rocio, was hilarious and informative! She gave us great pointers on other things to do while we were in Madrid. Having the tour on a Sunday starting at 9am was amazing, it was like we were the only people in the Palace!

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Our guide was a walking encyclopedia ! He was knowledgable, passionate, and organized! Tour was beautiful. Had the palace to ourselves in the 11:00 tour. When we left the place was packed. Highly recommend!

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Enjoyable tour. Easy going pace and informative guide commentary. The Palace is well worth the visit. One of the most interesting and resplendently furnished palaces in Europe.

Beatriz was an EXCELLENT guide! She gave very detailed information and injected some humor too. I will recommend her to anyone who will travel to Madrid in the future!

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