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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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The Royal Castle and the Plaza Oriente is impressing

Big and beautifull square with view of the Palace and a view on the gardens behind the buildings. The plaza is also where you find Cafe de Oriente, and a cup of coffee is nice... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Houston, Texas, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walked though here on walking tour of Madrid. Its on the way to other more interesting places. Felt safe at night to walk through it, although there were a number of homeless people at the sides.

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Big and beautifull square with view of the Palace and a view on the gardens behind the buildings. The plaza is also where you find Cafe de Oriente, and a cup of coffee is nice there on the outdoor terrasse. Afterwards a visit to the castle can be made, but also just from the outside it is a nice view.

Thank Lynge T
Szeged, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice square with lots of sculputers, nice buildings and some green areas and a playground too. If you are lucky enough you can see the royal guards and horses.

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Novo Hamburgo, RS
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This square is just in front of the Royal Palace, and is a place to rest a little, but nothing to much especial.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

It is a great place to lunch or drink a coffee before you take a walk from the Royal Palace to El Sol.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

Great place to take a break after visiting the Palacio Real. Find a bench, sit down and people watch.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

It's a nice place to take a walk. Surrounding is beautiful since the palace is right next to it. It's a very safe place to walk around. There are lots of tourists as well as the locals.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

This place is worth visiting to have a look at the architecture around. However it was not my favorite place in Madrid.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

The outside is with all the activities for all ages to enjoy on sunny cold days, must be busy during spring and fall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Nice architecture, very nice garden aranjament near the plaza. It is in front of the Royal Palace...

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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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