Beat the crowds with this tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your guide through parts of the "Palacio de Oriente" that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the Throne Room, and more. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.
Early access tour means no waiting in line
Learn about the history of the Spanish monarchy from your bilingual guide
See portions of the palace that regular visitors don't have access to
Walk through the lush Campo del Moro
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Early access means you’ll save yourself roughly an hour of waiting in line and have the residence to explore without the crowds. Photography inside the palace is prohibited, but its gardens — where you’ll conclude your tour — offer plentiful photo ops.
Make your way to the Royal Palace of Madrid, or the Palacio Real de Madrid, located in the western part of downtown Madrid. Arrive before the palace is open to the general public; meet your guide and breeze right through the entrance without waiting. Marvel at the rich decorative materials used all over the castle; Spanish marble, rich mahogany and ornate windows. Walk past extensive frescoes painted by Spanish masters like Mengs, Tiepolo and Giaquinto. Learn about how the palace's decorative style has changed over the years since its construction in the 18th century. Visit the Royal Armory, a repository for an astonishing array of weapons, including shields and suits of armor. See the well-preserved official lounges, each decorated in a different style. Walk past the rows of bottles and containers in the Royal Pharmacy, where you will learn about 18th century medicinal practices. Feast your eyes on the opulent Throne Room, the seat of the Spanish monarchy for centuries. Leave the palace itself for a relaxing stroll through the Campo del Moro, an English-style garden with wonderful views of the city. Break out your camera for photos of the 2 neo-classical fountains, 'Palacio de las Conchas' and 'the Tritons'. Conclude your guided tour after 2 hours.
The guide was very friendly, but delivered the tour in English and Spanish which took twice as much time and negatively impacted the flow of the tour. I believe the company was trying to save money by using 1 guide when they should have used 2.
Outstanding tour and outstanding guide.
Beatrize Colomer....she is an outstanding guide, great knowledge, wonderful sense of humor, took charge and care of group (when many other groups tried to jump in front) since the Palace opened later due to military rehearsal for parade.
Early entry is the only way...you miss the crowd, able to listen to guides information without having to make your way to stay with group.
We were very glad that we booked this because we were the first ones in the palace - an hour ahead of the general public. It prevents all the bottle neck of people that happens later in the day. This tour was the perfect length and we saw quite a bit of the interior of the palace.
This was our favorite tour while in Madrid! The palace is gorgeous and our guide Paola was great! It was neat to see some of the extra rooms. Make sure you go into the armory room which isn’t part of the tour but free to wander through after.
Wonderful, insightful early access tour of the Royal Palace!! Great tour guide who gave lots of information about the Palace. Loved the Palace-absolutely huge and gorgeous!!! Highly recommend this tour!!
Our guide was not very engaging, and switched back and forth from English to Spanish in a way that lost us. The delivery of information was very matter of the fact, and it resulted it us just wandering on our own after a while, because the tour was not that interesting.
Paula, our guide, did an excellent job. Going early almost gave use exclusive access to Palace. Paula detailed presentation added to an amazing tour. We highly recommend her and would tour with her again.
Great tour guide - was disappointed about the fact that you cannot take photos past the entrance - as you get to the steps, you can take photos, once you are inside you cannot take a single photo - they should make this clear to everyone before you go in. If i had known this before I went to the tour - I would not have booked it