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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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A beautiful place to relax in the center of Madrid

Plaza de Oriente is a quiet and peaceful place to enjoy the sun and its beautiful garden. It is located in the historic center of Madrid, and is among the the Theatre and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Plaza de Oriente is a quiet and peaceful place to enjoy the sun and its beautiful garden. It is located in the historic center of Madrid, and is among the the Theatre and the Royal Palace. The landscape with gardens, statues and fountains are beautiful to behold. It is divided into three gardens: los jardines centrales, los Jardines del cable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I visited the Plaza de Oriente with a friend in early July 2015. It is really beautiful and just across the road from the Palacio Real. It has plenty of spaces to seat and watch the world go by in the heart of Madrid. The centre piece is a large equestrian statue of Philip IV. You won't want to spend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Not a great Plaza but does give a excellent view of the Palace a good place to people watch no cafe's close

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Beautiful Plaza with the Palace and Opera. Go at sunset and see the gorgeous views. It's a grand vista. There are lots of seats to relax and admire the view of the grand buildings.

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Costa de Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

located just across the road from the palacio real, this outdoor plaza/garden/park is free to the public and simply gorgeous to look at. there are walkways, perfectly manicured gardens, tons of statues, and benches to sit on. this is a great place to take a stroll either before or after visiting the royal palace. heck, i even ran thru each... More 

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Lisse, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Nice place, you can't miss this Plaza when walking through Madrid. A bit more terraces would be nicer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Located across the street from the palace and not far from plaza mayor this is a great little spot to sit in the shade and take a break. My little one enjoyed the playground here. There is a little drink stand on the north end. "Opera" metro nearby

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Beautiful view, awesome history, tour guide recommended.....Alejandro! Views of the palace are worth it, Segway is the only way to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Very nice place, great architecture details. Relatively new. Nice stroll to see Plaza de Espana, this one, onto the the Royal Palace of Madrid. Go after 8 PM, as it gets really hot in the summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Plaza de Oriente is adjacent to the Palacio Real--The Royal Palace (although no one lives in this Palace. Statuary are interesting, gardens add greenery to the cityscape, the military band plays here after the large first Wednesday of most months changing of the guard at the palace. Plenty of lawn space to sit and picnic on if you pack a... More 

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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