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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Royal Palace Tour

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A great quiet place in the center of busy Madrid

The Plaza de Oriente is located between the Opera House and the Royal Palace. It is divided into 3 areas separated by pathways: the Central Gardens, the Cabo Noval Gardens, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

The Plaza de Oriente is located between the Opera House and the Royal Palace. It is divided into 3 areas separated by pathways: the Central Gardens, the Cabo Noval Gardens, and the Lepanto Gardens. There are two rows of 44 statues of former kings of queens of Spain that line the square. They were first meant to be placed atop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely area set between the Opera House and the Royal Palace. There are gardens, paths and lots of places to sit, relax in the shade. Lining the edge are a lot of (pricey) restaurants. It isn't something you might go out of your way to see but it is on the way to or from attractions so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

A lovely little garden in front of the Royal Palace with water features, statues, box hedging, topiary and flower beds. A nice place to rest and watch the world go by.

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Pau, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Quiet spot with a few bars and cafes just off the busy streets of Madrid and over looked by the Royal Palace.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We sat and enjoyed the mellow buzz of this plaza and people watched while looking over the lovely green and lush gardens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We walked through this plaza every day on our way to various sites, and we enjoyed the ever changing activities and people watching. This is part national monument and part neighborhood park with a children's playground. We had a light breakfast one morning at one of the cafes just off the plaza, and it was relatively affordable and a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The views across the park like gardens towards the Royal Palace are great. The are several nice sidewalk cafes with inside and outside seating. The afternoons have wonderful sunshine and people watching. The location right behind the Teatro Royal is very convenient ! I always stop there !

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I must have crossed Plaza de Oriente some hundreds of times, but every time I go there not being on a hurry, not going to another place, just enjoying it .. It is a place, yes, maybe quite touristy, that makes me feel good. Some local people reminds it as the place ("as a bad place") where former Dictator Franco... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Looking one way you get a view of the Royal Palace in the background and looking the other way you have the Royal Opera house. The gardens are well laid out and there are a few bars where you can sit and just enjoy watching the passers by and the atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The square is actually the frontispiece to the Royal Palace, rather lovely well laid-out gardens, with restaurants and bars at the edges. We found the Cafe del Oriente a good spot for a late afternoon drink before dinner in its vaulted cellar.

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Centro
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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