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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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Beautiful Park

A lovely park and garden. Situated in front of the royal palace. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area of the park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Elizabeth H
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lovely park and garden. Situated in front of the royal palace. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area of the park.

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Windsor, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a nice fountain in the middle between the Opera house and the Royal Palace. There are also many statues along each side of the Plaza. There were lots of colorful flowers in the gardens also. It's worth the stroll.

Thank RLMartin
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely square, full of life and easy access to nearby monuments. the horse guards at the front of the royal palace occasionally walk through the square to exercise the horses. lovely area and a must see when visiting the city

Thank Graeme S
Hull England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I Always come to the Plaza to watch the changing of the Guard. Like at Buck House a very impressive SIte. It's a quiet and well maintained place with one of if not the best views of the Royal Palace.Do not miss on a trip to Madrid

Thank KeithGHullEngland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To do a proper walk through the City Center you must come through this Plaza! It's very lovely in the summer evenings to see all ages of couples and families walking around. Great spot to just sit on a bench and people watch. If you are having trouble finding it ask for the Opera House or Palacio Real. Also, I... More 

Thank Sheila M
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can get there from Metro stop Opera, while waiting for Cathedral or the Palace, pleasant park, many statutes in and around, did not have time to check them all out, research is called for here, it is also close to sundown watching places, so could combine the two.

Thank Pepperjackm
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

More impressive than Buckingham Palace and other royal palaces in heart of a city, definitely a great building in its time and a deep history behind it. One of the busy spots for selfies and photos but clean, not too busy and no street hawkers. See it first on the tourist bus and then go back and see this with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Terrasses filled with diners, sangria sippers, the general hub-bub of Mardrilenos on any given day is worth the visit.

Thank debellechasse
Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plaza structure is great, but whats more beautiful is the adjoining garden. Good place to spend 1-2 hours.

Thank Deez76
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's another great place to people watch amongst the trees, statuary and fountain. Great views of the palace from here, too.

Thank Les L

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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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