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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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Plaza de Oriente - adjacent to the Royal Palace - Palacio Real

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The 19th century Plaza de Oriente is a pedestrian square located in front of the Royal Palace. Taking a walk along the tree and statue lined garden paths, one could almost feel like a royal. The centre piece of the gardens is the statue of King Felipe IV on his horse, the statue was designed by Velázquez. The plaza is... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Is nice to see, to walk by actually, but not more than that. It is quite small and not as great as the gardens behind the palace or as Parque del Retiro.

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Wilton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This looks like a quiet park, it isn't large. There are, however, a large number of statues in commemoration of wars, victories and salutations to the last 20 kings. The paths are lined with flowers and the view of the Palace just across street makes the Plaza very striking in a calm demeanor where people take a snack, a cigarette,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a lovely park area between the opera and palace. Nice flowers and greenery to walk through on our way to visit the palace. The statue on the park is impressive, as well.

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Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This plaza is clean, green, classy and calm, a pleasant retreat from.the nearby hustle of city streets. One can choose to relax at a cafe and people watch, tour the opera or royal palace, or just chill in the shade of tall trees, listening to live piano music from a nearby outdoor cafe. And if you are looking for a... More 

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Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Tidy small park opposite to royal palace. No shadow, however. Nothing special in comparison with royal palace parks around Europe

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is by far one of my very favorite Plaza's in Madrid!! The landscape with it's gardens, stautes and fountains are breathtaking! And the palace....OMG, what beauty! One of my favorite thing to do is to sit in a nice shady spot and just "people watch"...I LOVE MADRID!

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Need a break from the crowd? Although there is a crowd flowing past from the palace, with this beautiful park, statues and places to sit, and with the palace on the west side as a back drop, it was a great place to relax and unwind. On the east is the graceful Teatro Real and several high end cafes.

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A beautiful Plaza right in front of the Royal Palace. Walk through the statues ! The Plaza has a couple of Cafés where it is a delight to enjoy the view while having an aperitif!

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

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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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