The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Royal Family of Spain. The Palace is situated in the nation's capital, Madrid. The palace is not actually lived in by the Royal Family, although it is used for state ceremonies. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency.
The build of the Royal Palace of Madrid was started in 1738, but the palace wasn't opened until 1755 and was first occupied in 1764; it was built to a Berniniesque style. The palace is situated on the same ground as a 9th Century Alcazar, near the town of Magerit. The most recent Alcazar on the site was built in the 16th century but was burnt to the ground in 1734. King Philip V ordered a new palace to be built, which is the palace that now sits on the site. The palace is the largest in Europe in terms of floor area, it has 3,418 rooms which are filled with fine art and expensive furnishings.
The palace is located in the western part of Downtown Madrid on Calle de Bailén (‘Bailén Street’) which is to the east of the Manzanares River. The local metro station for the palace is the ‘Opera’ Station, the palace is also accessible by buses 3, 25, 39 and 148 or by taxi if public transport is not your thing.
Opening Times and Admission
You can enter the palace and it has many rooms open to the public when there are no state ceremonies scheduled. The Palace is open to the public most days from 10am-8pm in the Summer and 10am-6pm in the winter with admission fee set at 10 euros for adults.