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Royal Palace Madrid

The Palacio Real, or Royal Palace, is Madrid's largest building and possibly its most beautiful. It is located next to the equally beautiful Plaza de Oriente square.
It may come as surpirse to our readers to learn that Madrid's Royal Palace is the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was built on the site of the old Alcázar, the Moorish castle destroyed by fire in 1734, but the site has been occupied since the 10th century by the Moors, who having named the city's Manzanares river al-Magrit ("source of water"), referred to the area as Mayrit which became Magerit, then Madrid. The old city walls around this area may still be seen.
The palace was initially designed by Filippo Juvarra to accommodate the court of Felipe V, a total of more than 3000 courtiers. Juan Bautista Sacchetti initiated the building project in 1737 and Francisco Sabatini and Ventura Rodríguez terminated the works. It is surrounded by the beautiful Sabatini and Campo del Moro parks.
The palace itself contains furniture, tapestries, paintings and ceramics as well as other important works of art and frescos by Tiépolo. Velázquez, Goya, Giordano and Mengs are all represented here amongst the dozens of valuable tapestries and paintings, making the palace one of Europe's most important museums and receiving more than 880,000 visitors in 2006.
It remains open to the public almost year round except on the days of official ceremonies and receptions, although the public can only access certain areas. It is located on Bailén street, and the nearest Metro station is Opera.

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MADRID and VALENCIA
Travel to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, the capital of one of the country’s autonomous regions, located 250 km from Barcelona: the old town, quays and fortified towers, the Generalitat, the cathedral, the exchange, the market, the City of Arts and Sciences, built by the architect Santiago de Calatrava.
A panoramic tour to Madrid visiting main attractions of the city with stops for taking photos: The streets Alcala and Gran Via , Paso del Prado, Paseo de Recoletos, Paseo de la Castellana, The Gate of Europe, Santiago de Bernabeu stadium, the Columbus monument, Plaza de España, Plaza de Oriente, Puerta del Sol, Debot temple, Corrida House, Retiro park, Atocha station, The Royal Basilica of San Francisco Grande, the opera house, and the Royal Palace.
Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Discover Madrid’s highlights aboard an open-top double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. Step aboard and watch the passing sights on both the two interconnec...
Panoramic Madrid (SIC)
Extensive tour, by bus, through the most important avenues, squares and buildings of Madrid with an expert official guide who will explain about the m...
Panoramic Madrid and Bernabéu tour (SIC)
Extensive tour, by bus, through the most important avenues, squares and buildings of Madrid with an expert official guide who will explain about the m...
Visiting Madrid (PRIVATE)
Tour start with the city sightseeing tour by car for two hours through the most important avenues, squares and buildings of Madrid with an official gu...
Visiting Madrid (SIC)
This tour is a combination of the City sightseeing tour of Madrid and the Walking tour of historic Madrid. We start the tour with the city sightseeing...
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