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Plaza de Oriente

One of the last great monumental squares of Imperial Madrid, the Plaza de Oriente boasts an enviably grand location, flanked by the magnificent Royal Palace to the west and the Teatro Real opera house to the east. Although originally planned by Joseph Bonaparte, the plaza wasn’t finished until 1844 under the reign of Isabel II, opening to the public in 1850.

Laid out by architect Narciso Pascual y Colomer, the plaza features a set of beautifully landscaped gardens, punctuated by a series of 44 statues depicting prominent Spanish monarchs. Most famous is the 17th-century bronze equestrian statue of Felipe IV, designed in 1640 by Italian sculptor Pedro Tacca. The iconic figure shows the King’s stallion rearing up on its hind legs – a striking sight which towers 12 meters high over the central walkway.

A popular location for state occasions and public addresses, the tranquil oasis makes a scenic location for a stroll, especially at night when the palace and gardens are dramatically lit up. A number of cafés also line the square, offering great views of the formal gardens, most famously the Café de Oriente, with its terrace viewing area proving a big hit with tourists.

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Madrid Small-Group Walking Tour including Royal Palace

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Take a walk around Madrid with a local guide, and see another side to this beautiful city. Walking with a local tour guide who shares insights and stories is ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.91

Madrid Royal Habsburg History and La Latina Walking Tour

Delve into Madrid’s Habsburg past and medieval La Latina district on this 2-hour city walking tour. With an expert guide, explore the elegant Habsburg quarter, ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $11.75

Old Town Madrid Guided Segway Tour

Get ready to discover some of the Old Town’s secrets that lie behind Madrid’s most famous monuments and historical sites on this revolutionary Segway ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.68

Best of Royal Madrid Walking Tour

Uncover Madrid’s royal past on this illuminating 2-hour city walking tour with an expert guide. Stroll through the city’s old Habsburg quarter to see beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.91

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