We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Plaza de Oriente

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
and up
Madrid Small-Group Walking Tour including Royal...
More Info
and up
Madrid 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour
More Info
and up
Discover Madrid Guided City Tour With Ninebot Scooter

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,645 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 817
  • 649
    Very good
  • 172
  • 6
  • 1
Nice views of the Royal Palace and Madrid Cathedral

We passed through this plaza several times, as it was very near our lodgings. A beautiful place, with many statues of Spanish kings and rulers. Nice views of the Royal Palace.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
San Isidro, Argentina

Similar Things to Do in Madrid

Add Photo Write a Review

1,645 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
San Isidro, Argentina
Level Contributor
246 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We passed through this plaza several times, as it was very near our lodgings. A beautiful place, with many statues of Spanish kings and rulers. Nice views of the Royal Palace.

Thank ebertello
Heraklion Crete
Level Contributor
179 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a very nice plaza. Many trees, resting areas, that you can rest through a walk ...unfortunately no cafeterias around. ..

Thank Nikitakis
Panama City, Panama
Level Contributor
391 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is one of the nicest areas of this part of Madrid, across from the Royal Palace, in fact the side of the Palace, but in front of the Roya Theater as well, the monuments here of the early kings of Castilla were on top of the Palace, but worth the walk around it, do not miss it.

Thank Temper43
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
237 reviews
124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite Plaza's in Madrid. In this plaza, you are surrounded with beautiful architected buildings. Each one will tell you a story from the past. You will hear musicians play there heart out for some change. The gardens are well maintained. A must if you are in Madrid.

1 Thank nadro2010
Level Contributor
47 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice enough square, with quite a few posh cafes set around it. Nice to see as you're walking through to somewhere else but not really somewhere to go out of the way for.

Thank Pete F
Little Rock, Arkansas
Level Contributor
90 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really like Plaza de Oriente! It's in between the Royal Theater and the Royal Palace. Sometimes shady characters hang out there so I wouldn't necessarily go by yourself at nighttime. It's absolutely beautiful though and you can't miss it if you go to the Palace. The plaza is a quiet place to take a break from walking and you... More 

Thank Morgan B
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
119 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful history of this fantastic country. Your concierge may be able to help you find a way to avoid the sometimes very long lines to get in, which I recommend.

Thank Dee M
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting the Royal Palace, a look at the Plaza del Oriente is a must. We enjoyed looking at the statues of the former kings and queens of Spain and the cafes are wonderful with great views of the Plaza and the Royal Palace.

Thank 578natalien
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to Madrid is not complete without a visit to Plaza de Oriente. This park houses statues of Spanish kings from the medieval period. It has a manicured garden and is surrounded by beautiful cafes and restaurants. The Opera house is also nearby and it is across from the Royal palace. Definitely a tourist a tourist attraction in Madrid.

Thank Jsfverg
Luwewro, Uganda
Level Contributor
37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

There are restaurants, stores and a Opera at this Plaza. After you visit the Royal Palace walk across the street and have some food from many options,

Thank nhusagosto

Travelers who viewed Plaza de Oriente also viewed

Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid

Been to Plaza de Oriente? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Plaza de Oriente staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Centro

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood