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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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Franco's old ground

Plaza de Oriente is in a beautiful part of the City. This is where everyone waiting in Madrid for the announcement of Franco's death. Better not say how jubilant everyone was on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Plaza de Oriente is in a beautiful part of the City. This is where everyone waiting in Madrid for the announcement of Franco's death. Better not say how jubilant everyone was on the announcement. It was still used as a gathering point of Franco supporters many years after his death, so a very big historical square. Changing of the guard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Good spot for taking pictures, make sure to be there at 11:30 am to see the change of the guards, interesting place

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Nice ambience with plenty of nice looking eateries facing the palace. Walk up from the Prado along Jeronimo basically brains tourist Madrid.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

my favorite part of Madrid ! it is calm and has a perfect atmosphere... looking at the sunset is the thing to there :)

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Swieqi, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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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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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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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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rach482
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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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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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