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Plaza de Oriente

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Address: opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
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Come here to people watch

Great venue where you can sit and soak up the local and tourist lifestyles. All nationalities just walking sitting, walking and talking

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Chester, United Kingdom
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great venue where you can sit and soak up the local and tourist lifestyles. All nationalities just walking sitting, walking and talking

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Ankara, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are couple of nice places to sit and rest but you need to walk. But be careful to choose the time of the day as the sun becomes aproblem for photographers.

Thank ekinthetekin
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located just opposite of the Royal Palace, this square has a garden where you can relax for a moment during the day, before or after a visit to the palace and enjoy some shade on a sunny day. Even at night, with the premises in the immediate vicinity, the square comes alive until late hours. Another must-see place in Madrid!

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this plaza as part of a walking tour around historical Madrid. A pleasant park like setting with statues of ancient Spanish Kings surrounding the area. Located next to the Palacio Real. Nice area to take a stroll and unwind.

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Kuala Lumpur
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here after the Palacio / Palace and had a nice morning walking around the park and taking photos of the fountain. There are nearby shops and the opera house of theatre nearby. For tourists taking bus tours, this is one of the location to hop onto the tour bus - at minus 2 level.

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Region of Murcia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This plaza is probably my favorite so far in Madrid.. It has breathtaking views and you can definitely capture some very good photos! The gardens are well maintained and the palacio real is a majestic and very beautiful building! Highly recommend a visit here.. There are a few cafes and bars around to sit and enjoy the view also!

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Leander, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A worthwhile place to walk thru. Lots of gardens that are well maintained. A few open air cafes around the edges. I would recommend you take on of the free walking tours as the guides have many stories about the Plaza and the people depicted in it. My favorite was that many of the tall statues around the edges were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Totally awesome place right in front of the Palacio Real. Beautifully manicured gardens and majestic statues of Spanish Kings and Queens greet you at every turn. For me the best feature was the fountain at the center. I didn't have time enough to explore, so I have to come back to write a new review with more details.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This plaza is a comfortable place to stroll about or sit and have some sangria at one of the many outdoor restaurants.

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Evora, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will find the palace, but it was a disapointment for us, it was a little bit dirty and not like expected! But it's a must-visit place!

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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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