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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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Great place for photos

The plaza really is lovely with its fountains and statues. It's also the spot to get some great photos of the front of the palace. The streets are actually fairly quiet in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The plaza really is lovely with its fountains and statues. It's also the spot to get some great photos of the front of the palace. The streets are actually fairly quiet in the morning, so it's a nice place to sit and have a coffee.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely spot for a drink in the day. Its near to the palace, cathedral and a lovely park. We sat outside and had a drink and tapas.

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A most see plaza, just between the Opera House and the Royal Palace. Beautiful gardens where you can relax a bit if you are strolling around town. Beautiful

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is in my opinion the Km 0 for Madrid. You can find here also the Royal Palace and tourist informations (with free maps). So, go there and some nice people will help you in orientation.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Nice and large area leading to the Royal Palace. It was very hot on the day we went and the kids were happy touching the 'cold' water of one of the fountains. It was a nice walk and the buildings (not the Palace) around the gardens had beautiful facades. The view of the Palace at the end of the gardens... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a great place to stop, take some pictures, find a restaurant nearby and have a bite while admiring the beauty of the plaza.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's the perfect place to take it all in, with marvellous views wherever you look the Teatro Real , Madrid’s opera house .Some of the finest sunset views in madrid

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

It was nice to grab a quick snack and people watch here. Often there would be street performers so that's quite enjoyable. Watch your pocket and purses though!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Worth the visit, one of the famous tourist destination in Madrid. Tourist taking Pictures are not rare

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Fun place to people watch. Caught 3 brides posing for photos, and toe of families out for a stroll. Great at sunset.

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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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