TODAY'S ADVENTUREPalacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace Madrid) A Must Visit in Spain
Spain is one of the few European countries that still have an active monarchy. Visiting the Royal Palace (Palacio Real) was a huge bucket list item for me. And now I can say I did it and it was great.
The palace is still the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain. If they live here full-time, I have no idea. However, because it is still their home, the tour takes you through 23 rooms of the 3000 room palace.
Yes, that’s right – 3000 rooms. The place is enormous. The guide told us that if every room was occupied it can easily fit anywhere between 4000 – 5000 people comfortably.
Just the dining room alone can fit over 150 people. I don’t even think I know that many people in total.
As with all monarchial traditions, Spain is no different. There are protocols in place for everything. For example, when someone is to meet the king everything is run so smoothly that there is never any wait, and the process is so percise and perfected that it becomes almost like an art form.
For our group the most fascinating ones were in the dining room:
1. The main chandelier is placed directly in the center of the room. This is also where the King and Queen sit. They sit in the center of the large table on opposite sides of one another. Not at the head of the table.
2. The glasses all have to be perfectly lined up. This is done with a thread that is held from one end to the other.
Honestly, the whirlwind of information you get during the one-and-a-half-hour guided tour can only sink in so far. So for me, these were some of the things that stuck most with me.
Also, once inside you can not take any photos or videos.
1. Charles IV collected clocks and there are over 150 clocks throughout the palace. Each is unique and truly a work of art. There is a full-time position for someone to maintain the clocks and make sure they are running properly.
2. The kings and queens, back in the day, never ate meals together. They were all served in separate rooms.
3. One room had an embroidery renovation of the walls of pure silk that took over two years to complete.
We took the guided tour. You can do the audio tour on your own. However, it really makes a huge difference to have a guide. Especially if you are traveling with kids, the guides know how to keep the kids interested as well.
Plus, I don’t know about you, but I always have so many questions and the guides love that the most.
Phone: 91 454 87 00
HoursWinter (october to march) – 10:00 -18:00 Summer (april to september) – 10:00 -20:00
FeesBasic fee (Palace + Expo) 11€Joint Rate (Palace + Queen Sofia Museum) 14€Kids (4 to 16 years) and Adults over 65 years old – 6€Kids under 5 years old – Free
Extra ServicesGuide 5€Audible guide 6€
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Published Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 07:13:43 +0000