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Plaza de Oriente: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. After the guided visit, feel free to take a relaxing stroll on your own through the Royal Gardens and visit other highlights such as the Royal Armory and Pharmacy.

Royal Palace of Madrid Fast-Access Ticket

2. Royal Palace of Madrid Fast-Access Ticket

Enjoy fast access to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of Spanish royalty. Enter through an express security check and explore one of the world’s largest palaces. Wander the corridors that have witnessed centuries of Spanish history. Admire the architecture and decoration of the salon rooms, including frescoes by famous artists. Enter the private apartments of monarchs, visit the throne room, and stroll through the banquet halls. Witness the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. See artworks by painters such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, and Velázquez. Visit the Royal Armory and discover its exhibits of porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and more. Explore the heritage of Spain’s monarchy at the Royal Palace.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) with a licensed guide, and discover the former official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with your direct entry access. Also known as the "Palacio de Oriente" due to its close proximity to Plaza de Oriente on the east side of the palace, today the building is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies, and official events. The Palace has an extensive collection of upholstery, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. You can also stroll through some of the private rooms where royalty lived, the throne room and the royal dining rooms, as well as the mirror room of Charles IV's reign. Admire the rich ornamentations of official rooms, each one revealing its own personality. Visiting the Royal Throne room, the Gala Dinner room and the Royal Chapel.

Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

4. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

Cruise through Madrid on this guided bike tour as you take in many of the city's highlights. Ride on convenient cycle paths, in pedestrian zones, and through parks so you won't have to navigate traffic. Have the option to finish your tour with local snacks and a refreshing beverage.  Start your tour with a short explanation about how to safely ride your bike. Make your way to Plaza de Oriente and hear the stories about the creation of the statue of Filip IV, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and the San Nicolas Church. Admire the some of the oldest buildings in the city at the Plaza de la Villa and asorb the bustle of the Mercado San Miguel. Pass through the grand squares of Plaza Mayor and Santa Ana, before viewing the living wall of the Caixa Forum museum.  Pass the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, and Puerta de Alcalá before making your way to Puerta del Sol. Add to your experience by selecting the tapas option and enjoy 3 pintxos (small plates) and a non-alcoholic drink and the end of your tour.

Madrid: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

5. Madrid: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Climb aboard a comfortable electric bike with pedal assistance and journey through the history of Madrid with ease. Learn the story of the Spanish capital, from the days of the Habsburgs through to the 21st century. Discover attractions, such as the Plaza de Puerta Cerrada at the site of a Christian wall built in the Middle Ages. Depart from Plaza San Miguel and glide along the narrow streets to Calle Toledo and Plaza del Conde de Barajas to find a number of artisan shops. Discover one of the city’s gastronomic centers at the ornate San Miguel Market, and then navigate the cobblestones of Plaza Mayor at the heart of the 17th-century city center. Marvel at Casa y Torre de los Lujanes, the oldest civilian building in the city. Get an amazing view of Plaza de Oriente between the Royal Palace and Royal Opera Theater. Go to Plaza de la Armeria to see the main entrance of the palace and Almudena Cathedral. Visit the Sabatini Gardens in the palace complex, and see the glorious flora of the Campo del Moro. Escape the traffic and journey along the banks of the Manzanares River. Enjoy the tranquility of the area and the freedom to ride where you please. End at the Templo de Debod, gifted to Madrid by the Egyptian government following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Madrid: Enchanted Evening Walking Tour in Spanish

6. Madrid: Enchanted Evening Walking Tour in Spanish

Delve into the legends of Madrid that have lasted generations and discover the city’s most unknown mysteries and terrifying paranormal events on this evening tour. Start from the Plaza de Oriente and head to the historical city center, the Madrid de Los Austrias, and learn about the surroundings of the primitive medieval city. Learn about the details of the Plaza Mayor and unbelievable details of its history. After discovering other ancient corners, continue to the famous Puerta del Sol and learn the secrets of how the community of Madrid was developed.

Madrid Downtown Segway Tour

7. Madrid Downtown Segway Tour

Travel through the center of Madrid in the most entertaining way. From the Plaza de Isabel II you will know the most emblematic places of the capital of Spain. It passes through the Royal Palace, the largest in Western Europe, with more than 3,000 rooms. Walk the oldest and most adventurous Madrid, where thieves, soldiers, and mercenaries crossed their swords in every corner of the Plaza de la Villa, near the Church of Santiago or in the arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Admire the fantastic Plaza de Oriente, with views of the Palace and the Royal Theater, witness to the best performances of opera and ballet. You´ll be able to discover these and other magical corners of Madrid in this walk full of history, and lots of fun. 

Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

8. Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

After gathering at the Monument to Felipe IV in Plaza de Oriente, depart from Madrid in the direction of Alcalá de Henares. Once there, begin to explore the native city of Miguel de Cervantes, the greatest writer of Hispanic Literature. Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many secrets of this famous character. Through its streets you can also find elements of the different cultures that have been part of Spain throughout the centuries. Learn how the rich historical and artistic heritage of this city is reflected in its imposing monuments, among which you will see the Cathedral of the Holy Children, the Palace of Laredo, the picturesque Calle Mayor, or the centennial University of Alcalá. This guided trip is a perfect option to spend half a day, a mere 20 minutes away from Madrid.

Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

9. Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

On your own, with friends, or with family, make the most of your vacation and discover the historical wonders of Madrid on this fun-filled discovery game and tour. The exploration app provides all the directions you need for the adventure, so you won’t have to wait around for guide or rely on maps and GPS. This tour is designed for travelers looking to see the city of Madrid from a different perspective, and gain an experience unlike any other. Along the way, you’ll visit locations that even the locals don’t know about, and see sights you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. Benefit from the freedom to complete the tour at your own pace, and pause the game at any time. Solve each clue to unlock the next destination, and wander around the city streets, visiting iconic landmarks. You’ll also reveal hidden gems, bursting with fascinating secrets, legends, and myths.

Madrid 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

10. Madrid 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Get a new perspective of the Spanish capital as you discover the city's best landmarks with a local guide. Madrid's many contrasts are symbols of its rich history, with medieval façades and architecture standing alongside slick modern buildings.   Meet at the activity provider's office and kick off the experience with a 1-hour walking tour through the streets of the historic city center of Madrid. Then board an air-conditioned bus for a ride through the city. Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Marvel at the famous gate that dates back to the Napoleonic era. Then, see the oldest bridge in Madrid and drive along the Manzanares River from where you'll take in incredible views of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city.  Spot significant sights such as the Puerta del Sol on your drive to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most picturesque streets in the city and see the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team's victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. Stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring, where your guide will share some insights on the monument. To conclude, return to the coach and finish of the tour by exploring Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, also known as the Broadway of Madrid. Starting March 1, 2020, this tour will begin with a 1-hour guided walking tour.

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What people are saying about Plaza de Oriente

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,037 reviews

Loved the visit to palace. Truly worth seeing the biggest functioning palace in Europe. Skipping the lone was nice touch. Didn’t buy kitchen access tickets but it was hot and long so we were just fine without it too

We had a wonderful experience with our guide Lydia. She had so much knowledge and was correct with all her facts. She arrived on time and was easily reachable for questions.

Our guide, Benny, was fantastic. Punctual, organized, knowledgeable and able to explain clearly while also able to answer any questions.

David was our guide. On time very informative and helpful. Highly recommended tour with him.

Our guide was knowledgeable and made the tour fun with her sense of humour.