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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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A pleasant uncrowded area

The Plaza de Oriente is virtually located across from the Palacio Real, (Royal palace). A vibrant little square to visit and uncrowded unlike Puerta del Sol for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Alice Springs, Australia

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Plaza de Oriente is virtually located across from the Palacio Real, (Royal palace). A vibrant little square to visit and uncrowded unlike Puerta del Sol for example. There are nice little gardens, a few monuments and café restaurants to enjoy here. One of the interesting walkways here depicts statues of Spanish kings from within the medieval period. Good local... More 

Thank 1TraveltheWorld
Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a pleasant area at the back of the Opera building and facing the park and beyond that the Royal Palace. Many people of all ages move around here and the atmosphere is relaxed. There is also a small playground for children. Apart from that, I highly recommend the Café de Oriente at one corner, very close to the... More 

Thank Mattias B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely plaza fronting the Palacio Real de Madrid. A nice place to relax and unwind or basically just people-watch and let the world go by.

Thank Glenette A
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes it is really very good one, we all liked it even the kids.Upto the royal stairs you can take pictures but not inside teh rooms,rooms are magnificient,well maintained and described,seats are there to take rest in the corridor,art gallery is another attraction beside the toilets and outside the original palace.

Thank Bhaswati S
West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of space to enjoy taking pictures of the Palace outside before walking into the luxury and grandeur of the residence of Kings, Queens and their families in previous years.

Thank Traveler2015injured
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take red metro line and get off at ''Opera'' stop. You will get out into the beautiful Plaza Isabel with nice caffes and buildings. Follow any road down and you will enter the amazing plaza Oriente.No words enough to describe this beauty! Beautiful buildings around, flowers, paths with statues, great fountains and....great view of the Royal Palace ! There are... More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Plaza was right outside our hotel, so we walked out the front door right into it. Lovely garden area surrounded by restaurants and cafes. We arrived on a Sunday to find the area full of people out walking and eating. Very nice.

Thank Tenorman41
Gateshead, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a delightful relatively large plaza which connects the centre of Madrid where the Royal Theatre stands with the Royal Palace. It is a well manicured garden area which houses a wonderful central statue and fountain combined whilst elsewhere some of the walkways are lined with some of Spain's greatest historical figures. It really is a great place to... More 

Thank SteveJacksonnufc
Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is right next to the Royal Palace, on its eastern side, between the palace and the Royal Theatre. It has landscaped gardens and some well established magnolia trees and benches to sit and admire the flora. The square is in a semi circle and has 44 very large statues of past kings with a central one on a horse.... More 

Thank LadyPavlova
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting place for walking and sight seeing. Right across the Palacio Real which we also visited.


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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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