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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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Beautiful grounds and casle building

We were lucky to see the horseback guards and royal carriage here - Lovely garden and you can see for miles at the top

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Mariella T
Swieqi, Malta
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Swieqi, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to see the horseback guards and royal carriage here - Lovely garden and you can see for miles at the top

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Nothing special about this plaza -- just an ordinary park near the side of the Royal Palace -- people tring to get to the Opera house from the Palace will have to cross it

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Some nice statues and place to sit , many older people having an outdoor lunch despite the rather cool temperatures. There were a few people singing opera, we assume from the nearby opera theater building. It was a nice break amongst friendly people after the terror of the people working in the Palace. Put us back in the relaxed mode... More 

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seattle, washington
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a good place to take a moment to have a coffee or lunch any time of year. The undercover seating gives you a chance to sit in the beautiful park and view the Palace while sharing great food in the many restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very nice place just a few metres from Puerta del sol and with a great view of Palacio Real. btw don´t forget to check out the nearby Chocolatería San Gines and their famous churros and if you happen to be here on Sunday, El Rastro is a place to go either just walk around of buy literally anything you can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Nice spot to sit and relax right across from the palace. Lots of gardens and statues to see with some nice bars and restaurants in the area.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Beautiful plaza in front of of the Royal palace. The Opera house is on the other side. There are many statues in the park including the equestrian statue of Felipe IV

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you are checking out the Royal Palace, do make a stop here as it is right next door. There was a Hand Made Souvenir shop, which had a large selection, reasonable prices and took credit card. The Plaza itself seemed to be a mini version of the larger retire park for folks to have their lunch next to a... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Rest your feet and breathe some fresh air while viewing the magnificent Palacio Real across the way. Benches, green space, manicured gardens, a few statues and a small kids' play area at one end. Lots of people enjoying the space on a glorious Sunday afternoon in early March, but it still felt peaceful and relaxing.

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Kingston, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Plaza de Oriente is a beautiful park right across from the Palacio Real ( royal palace) in Madrid. If you are looking for something with moving parts like Pirate of the Caribbean in Disneyland, this is not for you. If you, however, want to soak up the magnificent elegance of Spanish architecture and spent some quality relaxing time with your... More 

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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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