The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Today the palace is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies and official acts as the Kings of Spain reside in the Palacio de la Zarzuela. The Royal Palace is also called the Palacio de Oriente. The construction of the Royal Palace began in 1738 and work lasted seventeen years. Shortly after its completion, in 1764, Carlos III established his habitual residence there. The location of the palace was the same as that occupied by the Palacio de los Austrias, destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 1734. The Palacio de Oriente is surrounded by the gardens of Campo del Moro and Sabatini gardens. The first, to the west, dating from the Middle Ages; the latter were created in the twentieth century and are to the north. The Campo del Moro can be visited during the day. The Changing of the Guard The changing of the guard of the Royal Palace of Madrid is held every Wednesday from October to July at 11am. It may be canceled by official events or adverse weather conditions. Visit the Royal Palace The Royal Palace offers both free and guided tours throughout the year, closing only for official acts. The typical visit includes entry to: Official Meetings Rooms: Grandiose, well preserved and stylish, each room has its own personality. The throne room is impressive. Royal Armouries: Armour, shields and weapons of all kinds and it is one of the most important collections in the world. Real Pharmacy: Hundreds of bottles of all shapes and sizes that make us go back in time. The best is the re-creation of the laboratory.
- Calle Bailén (Plaza de Oriente)
- (34) 91 454 88 00
- From October to March: Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 17:00 hours. Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 14:00 hours. From April to September: Monday