One of my favorite sightseeing activities I did during the trip was going to the Royal Palace in Madrid. I would recommend seeing this amazing treasure to next year’s students because it was truly a highlight of my time in Madrid!
The Royal Palace has been a highlight of Madrid for centuries
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal family, as it has been for centuries, but today it is only used for ceremonies. The Palace boasts over 3,000 rooms and was built in 1755 after being inspired by the Louvre in Paris. The Palace was a short 10-15 minute scenic walk from our site visit at Tetuan Valley. Waking to the Palace was a treat in itself, especially on a nice day, because you also walk through a park and past a beautiful cathedral, the Santa María la Real de La Almudena, which could also be worth a visit. There were also musicians playing outside of the Almudena Cathedral, which only added to the magical atmosphere outside of the Palace.
Instagramable views outside and inside the Palace
I spent a fair amount of time was spent taking photos and enjoying the outside of the Palace. Some of the novelty for me was the fact that I would never see a building like this in Minnesota! You truly need a minute (or two) standing outside taking it all in and getting some great pictures to send to your parents or update your social media.
Walking through the Palace is fascinating in its own regard. The design and grandeur of the inside of the Palace will take your breath away. The intricacies of the ceilings and velour-like walls are details that would not be seen in newer buildings back home. There are also several amazing paintings that will make you feel as if you are at the Prado Museum or the Reina Sofia. My descriptions of how beautiful the Palace is and my photos truly do not do it justice!
Advice for your trip to the Royal Palace
- Use your student ID card to get a ticket!
- It was only 7 euros to get into the Palace, which included taking the basic tour and spending time out front.
- Take pictures when you are able and know when you are unable to, or be prepared to be told by the guards!
- Be prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours at the Palace. There is plenty to look at outside and taking the basic walking tour through the Palace, but there is even more if you choose to pay more to look at the kitchen and other rooms.
The Royal Palace of Madrid is a great place to spend an afternoon
The Palace is a spectacular and relatively inexpensive site visit if you are interested in taking good pictures, architecture, Spanish history, or just looking to enjoy your time out and about in Madrid. I really enjoyed my visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid and I would highly recommend visiting it to anyone who is visiting Spain!