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Address: Plaza de Isabel II, 29013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915 16 06 00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Excellent tour of the Opera House by a very knowledgeable volunteer guide

We visited during the day for one of the tours of the opera house, the general tour in English. There are also available technical tours and Spanish language tours. We got to see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited during the day for one of the tours of the opera house, the general tour in English. There are also available technical tours and Spanish language tours. We got to see the main auditorium and the function rooms on the second floor which were all very tastefully decorated unlike the rooms in the nearby royal palace which were... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't have to go inside this opera house, considered one of the most important in Spain to enjoy it. Situated opposite the Royal Palace the building itself is an architectural delight.

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Thank michael p
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The Teatro Real is a beautiful building from the outside but it's simply hell in the inside. Unless you are willing to pay over €200 for a ticket, the visibility from your seat is bad or inexistent. Probably only 30-40% of the seats have good visibility, for the rest get ready to watch the opera on a TV monitor.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We arrived at the theatre just in time for an English language guided tour. The welcoming and knowledgeable guide was excellent and added so much to the visit. This is a beautiful building with a fascinating history, which cannot be guessed from the exterior

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

We had the good fortune to attend a performance of "Othello" while on vacation in Madrid. The building is incredible inside and out. We purchased seats on line while still in the US and couldn't have had a better night. We are by no means opera buffs or even fans but the performance, staging, seats (up high but wonderful) and... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

This beautiful theater from the 19th century offers leading operas and ballets that are among the best produced in Europe. It also has an excellent programme to get young people to attend it: for those under 30 years old, there are up to 90% discounts on tickets bought the same day of the representation. The best optiom is to go... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

I went there on 27th of September, and although we had tickets that cost nearly 100€ each, we watched the opera on television that we had in our booth.. I tried to complain about this to the management but they couldn't speak any English.. never again.. (I won't say anything about the performance, simply because I could only listen to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is a magnificent building both inside and out. It is sometimes possible to tour the interior when there is no show going on. If you can attend an event you will be blown away with the interior.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Under 30s can watch performanes for 10% of the door price. I feel so lucky to have been able to view many an opera and ballet because of this wonderful scheme. It is gorgeous in the summer when the terrace is open and you can have tapas and wine overlooking the gardens. One of my favourite places in Madrid.

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

The Teatro Real has great architecture and it calls attention to itself because it is quite beautiful. It is the major opera house in the city and is loved by the culture lovers of the city.

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Staying in 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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