Get your ticket for the Royal Palace of Madrid now! Our tour will take you on a captivating voyage through time, where the past meets the present in the bustling streets and stunning architecture of Madrid.

Welcome to the heart of Spain’s vibrant capital, Madrid! Our journey through the historic city center begins at our offices located at Calle Mayor, 43, from here we will head to Plaza Mayor, one of the most iconic and bustling squares in the country. Get ready to immerse yourself in Madrid’s rich history, culture and royal heritage as we explore the remarkable monuments and hidden gems that make this city so enchanting.

Throughout this tour, our expert guide will regale you with fascinating anecdotes, historical facts and local legends that will give you a better understanding of Madrid’s past and present. So, put on your walking shoes and let’s embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Madrid, from the Plaza Mayor to the Almudena Cathedral, passing through the San Miguel Market, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza de Oriente and the Royal Palace. Get ready to be carried away by the beauty, culture and heritage of the city.

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Duration

2 hours

Language

EN, ES

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Included

Guided Tour
Official Bilingual Guide
Skip the line access
Early Entrance and Offcial guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Excluded

Gratuities

What do I need to bring?

  • Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat

Please note

Wheelchair accessible
Not suitable for pets
Our guide will be waiting for you at the door of Fun and Tickets Main Office, Mayor 43 Street, 10 minutes before the start of the Tour.

Although the entrance to the Royal Palace is always reserved for our clients, sometimes the access control may be blocked due to the capacity and security controls, being the entrance delayed a few minutes for reasons beyond the control of this operator.

Cancellation Policy

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

When to book?

1h before the start of the activity

Plaza Mayor

Madrid’s great central square is located in the heart of the oldest part of the city, Habsburg Madrid. Steeped in history, this bustling square is the perfect place to start your stroll through one of Madrid’s most charming neighbourhoods. Have a bite to eat or a coffee on one of the sunny terraces, buy a souvenir from one of the old-fashioned shops, watch the street musicians and artists and soak up the city’s rich history. The square also hosts events such as the Easter Drum Parade, open-air concerts and the city’s Christmas market in December, so be sure to check the calendar while you’re here.

Before Madrid became the city you see today, with its grand avenues and boulevards, it was made up of small streets and alleyways that today conjure up images of swashbucklers and scoundrels.

Mercado de San Miguel

More than 100 years have passed since the Mercado de San Miguel was inaugurated as a food market. Today, this historic building is one of the world’s leading gastronomic markets, offering visitors a journey through the essence and flavours of every corner of Spain.
From the best Iberian ham or the freshest seafood brought in daily from Galicia, to Mediterranean rice dishes or the most special cheeses from Castile, Asturias or the Basque Country. In the Mercado de San Miguel you’ll find the best of Spanish gastronomy in more than 20 stalls that share a common commitment to quality tapas.

Calle del Codo

Calle del Codo leaves the Plaza de la Villa and leads to the Plaza del Conde Miranda.

On the right-hand corner of the street, next to Plaza de la Villa, is the only door of the Torre de los Lujanes, with Gothic ornamentation, pointed horseshoe arch and lapidary inscriptions on the voussoirs, which used to communicate with the outskirts of the city.

Plaza de la Villa

Plaza de la Villa is one of the best-preserved monumental complexes in Madrid. It is located in the historic centre, near the Puerta del Sol, and has been the seat of the capital’s City Council.

It was one of the main centres of medieval Madrid, as it is the origin of three small streets that correspond to the primitive layout of the city: El Codo, Cordón and Madrid. It is surrounded by the main façades of three buildings of great historical and artistic value, built in different centuries. The oldest is the Casa y Torre de los Lujanes (15th century), built in Gothic-Mudejar style, located on the eastern side of the square and today the seat of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. It is followed by the Casa de Cisneros (16th century), a Plateresque palace that closes the southern part of the square, and the Casa de la Villa (17th century), in Baroque style, one of the headquarters of the Madrid City Council, located on the western side of the square.

Madrid Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain; however, the current kings do not live there, but in the Zarzuela Palace, so it is used for state ceremonies and solemn acts. This is where our visit really begins.

Although Juvarra’s original project was never completed, the Royal Palace of Madrid can boast of being the largest inhabited palace in Europe. And we say inhabited because, although the Spanish royal family does not live in it, it is still the place where they have their official residence. As we have already mentioned, the building, whose construction lasted until 1764, when Carlos III first lived there, covers 135,000 square metres and has 3,418 rooms, not to mention 870 windows, 240 balconies and 44 staircases. The comparisons are uncomfortable, but despite what many believe, the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, has 67,000 square metres, so that of Madrid surpasses it.

There are almost 3,500 rooms that are not included in the tour, but some of the most outstanding, around twenty, are. Walking around the Royal Palace is like travelling back in time to the golden age of the Spanish court in the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the most impressive moments is the encounter with the Throne Room, the true symbol of the power of the Crown. The two thrones defended by the golden lions saved from the destruction of the Real Alcázar, the rich tapestries, curtains and carpets, the luxurious mirrors and lamps.

Almudena Cathedral

Next to the Royal Palace is the Almudena Cathedral, built on the site of the former church of Santa María de la Almudena, which was built on a mosque and dedicated to the Virgen de la Almudena, patron saint of Madrid. The name of the Virgin and the cathedral come from the Arabic word al-mudayna, which means ‘citadel’. The cathedral is located in the historic centre of Madrid; the main façade is in front of the Royal Palace, while the transept façade faces Calle de Bailén and access to the crypt is via Cuesta de la Vega, at the end of Calle Mayor. Unlike most Christian temples, which are oriented east-west, the Cathedral is oriented north-south, the result of its design as an integral part of the Royal Palace complex.

Fun and Tickets Main Office

Calle Mayor 43

Madrid

Free cancellation

You'll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of most experiences