5. Visit the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Madrid, otherwise known as the “Palacio de Oriente” because of its proximity to Plaza de Oriente, is the Spanish Royal Family’s official residence. The construction of the Palace began in 1738 and took 16 years to complete. When the building was inaugurated, King Charles III established his official home in the palace in 1764.
Nowadays, the Palace is used exclusively for receptions, state ceremonies and official acts since the King of Spain currently lives in the Palacio de la Zarzuela. The Palace is surrounded by the Campo del Moro Park and the Sabatini Gardens. The Royal Palace of Madrid offers both guided and self-guided tours all year round, closing only for official acts.