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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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A great walkabout

It was just amazing walking around here with my partner during our short visit to Madrid. We really liked the landscaping and grand feeling of the area given that it's the palace... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Alvin N
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was just amazing walking around here with my partner during our short visit to Madrid. We really liked the landscaping and grand feeling of the area given that it's the palace area.

Thank Alvin N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A plaza with lots of space and grand monuments, it is worth a walk through. Lots of gardens nearby for a pleasant walk.

Thank LincolnshireBilly
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Plaza de Oriente is a strange name as you would expect an Asian influence but far from it, it is more reminiscent of a classical European city with its side walk terrace cafe restaurants lovely mid 18th century architecture tree lined squares and avenues with street traders and arty street acts very pleasant place to have lunch, dinner or just... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful location with lots going on when we visited. Saw changing of Guard at Palacio Real, great group of Arabic dancing and music in the square, very photogenic Palacio gardens, lots of nice cafes even in November still ok to sit alfresco albeit suitably dressed for chilly weather Cathedral was spectacular largest in Europe according to guides

Thank WillTracy
Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This part of Madrid is a great area. We stayed across from the Sabatini Gardens which is easy walking distance to The Royal Palace, The Cathedral, and the Plaza de Oriente. And mostly automobile free. The statues are incredible and there are also restaurants in the Plaza or just behind the plaza in the theatre district. A good area for... More 

Thank sam101645
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This plaza which is in front of the Palacio Real is surrounded by a lot of stone sculpture of various Spanish monarchs. A lot to photograph. It is also home to what was the first equestrian bronze that was ever cast with a rearing horse. A piece of trivia that makes this statue worth taking a picture of. The man... More 

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West Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like all the buildings and plazas in Madrid, this is a stunning place to observe the palace and the cathedral. Plenty of room to walk about and take photographs. Street entertainers provide some additional sounds and sights.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Plaza is located between the Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre. The gardens are surrounded by limestone statues of Gothic Spanish Kings originally designed to crown the Royal Palace. After concern the statues were too heavy for the roof, 20 statues were placed in the Plaza (remainder in the Sabatini Gardens). Another Plaza highlight is a statue of King... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by this square on our way to the Royal Palace. There are 44 statues of Spanish kings surrounding the square. Very nice.

Thank Tal R
Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive and imposing. A trully unique sight that made Madrid different and outstanding. Something worth seeing while having limited time to the capital.

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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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