The Royal Palace, Madrid

Madrid’s Royal Palace Private Tour

Join your local guide on a walk through the streets of Madrid, making your way to the city's exquisite Royal Palace.

Overview

Join your local guide on a walk through the streets of Madrid, making your way to the city's exquisite Royal Palace. You'll skip the lines and learn all about this 18th-century monument, built atop the site of a medieval Moorish Alcázar and where the Bourbon Dynasty lived until 1931. Wander from one grandiose room to another as your guide explains the history of Spanish royalty.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a private tour of one of Europe's best-preserved royal residences
  • Learn about Spanish culture, art, music, and architecture
  • View the Royal Armoury, Royal Kitchen, and Throne Room
  • Admire art by famous painters (including Goya and Velazquez) in the Painting Gallery
  • Visit the modern and bright Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Almudena

Know before you go

Duration
3 hours
Recommended for
All ages
Group
Private group

What you'll do

Your local expert guide will meet you at your accommodation to start your stroll through Madrid's charming cobbled streets. Your destination is the Royal Palace, so depending on where you're staying, you may stop to view a few other sites along the way. As you walk, enjoy learning a bit about the city's history, how it became the capital, and why the royal family built the palace in Madrid in the 18th century. Your guide will also share tips on what to see and do during the rest of your time in the city. 

Many experts would agree that the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is the city's most significant monument and a symbol of the country's heritage. Though constructed in the 18th century, the grounds shares its history with a medieval Moorish Royal Alcázar—a pertinent element of its history. Upon arrival, you'll skip the long lines with your guide leading the way through opulent rooms filled with lavish belongings of the past. Admire furnishings, tapestries, and frescoes as you learn about Spanish royal history.

Because this is a private tour, your guide is happy to tailor the experience to your specific interests. You could learn about past eccentric kings or how the palace has influenced music and art throughout the continent. However, you might not want to miss rooms like the Royal Armoury, the Royal Kitchen, and the Throne Room. You can also visit the Painting Gallery and enjoy works by some of Spain's most beloved artists, such as Velazquez and Goya.

But the Royal Palace complex isn't just one building, and no trip to this residence is complete without also visiting the Cathedral of Madrid, the Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Almudena. Despite Madrid becoming Spain's capital in the 16th century, the start of construction of its cathedral wasn't started until 1879—and not completed until 1993. As a result, the interior is relatively modern, bright, and refreshing, with contemporary pops of color. You can also stroll through the Sabatini Gardens next to the palace, where the royal peacocks reside.

What's included

  • Private tour guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Entry to the Palace

Traveler reviews

Elise
Elise V.
Cornelius, NC | Reviewed on Sep 11, 2022
Tips for future travelers

Enrique was very knowledgeable- we learned so much about the history in Madrid. read more

Enrique was very knowledgeable- we learned so much about the history in Madrid.

Tips for future travelers

Definitely bring water! It is a long tour.

Quality of Experience
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