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Plaza de Oriente

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Pleasant park, watch out for Roma scam near fountain

On a hot day, Plaza de Oriente is a relaxing and picturesque park with shade and great views of the Royal Palace. . However, beware of a Roma scam that is set up for unwary... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Vancouver, WA
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Vancouver, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a hot day, Plaza de Oriente is a relaxing and picturesque park with shade and great views of the Royal Palace. . However, beware of a Roma scam that is set up for unwary tourists. I was one of them. There are flamenco and matador costumes set up in front of the fountain, where you can "pretend" while placing... More 

Thank Vancouvoid
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This lovely park was built to provide a place to install the various statues that were designed to be on top of the palace - but the statues were deemed too heavy. Each statue is named and dated, and it's interesting to walk through the park and see how the "styles" have changed - although what the royalty are wearing... More 

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This well-kept rectangular plaza on the east side of the royal palace offers a pleasant place to rest after visiting the palace and nice views of the magnificent building's exterior. Broad pathways invite strollers to look at flower beds, box hedges and myriad trees. But the more than 40 statues throughout the plaza are what captured my attention. Most of... More 

Thank Rumples
Iasi, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it is near the center of the town and it worth visiting the place during the day or night. It is just near the shops and plaza de espana,

Thank jarakuzi k
Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great smaller park to rest after touring the Royal Palace. Lots of statuary and the excellent Cafe de Oriente for lunch (see my separate review of it). The Hop On/Off bus drops and picks up at the corner.

Thank Linda C
Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Plaza de Oriente is the plaza in front of the Royal Palace. It is a large space and you can take good photos of the palace from there. Adjacent to this plaza are the beautiful Gardens of Sabatini.

Thank BennyMalaga
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another place that you can just wonder around regardless of the weather. Great views of the countryside to the right of the palace. Down below Jardines Sabatini. A couple of plazas behind you where you can sit and while away the time. There's the changing of the guard on a Saturday morning. You never know, one of the locals might... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the background of the Royal Theatre, this Plaza and the manicured gardens are fabulous and one of the highlights of Madrid.

Thank Trevor W
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the nicest square I have visited. During the day relatively busy but interesting. At night so peaceful and floodlit with the palace opera house and cathedral as a backdrop. A must see to Madrid visitors

Thank Tom H
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plaza Oriente faces the Palacio Real. It's a very pleasant place to relax...and a must-see if you have children as they will enjoy the playground. Good vantage point for watching the changing of the guard. Clean, but stay on the paving stones if you're wearing sandals to avoid getting tiny pebbles and dust in your shoes.

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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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