Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
- Small group
- Skip the line
- Duration: 2 hours
Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.
The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.
The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.
The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.
On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.
The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.
Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.
The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.
Want to discover all there is to do in Royal Palace, Madrid? Click here for a full list.
Our experience of Eco Tuk Tuk was fantastic! Ivan was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions about the wonderful sights in Madrid. Having just moved to Madrid it was great to get a view of the main attractions in the city. Ivan gave us slot of recommendations for things to do and see in the city. There was plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or just admire the architecture! I would highly recommend and will absolutely bring any visitors on the tour!
It is wonderful experience, It is big deference when you have some explaining to you the what are you looking at,I really enjoyed the tour and the guide was wonderful lady,unfortunately I don’t remember her name, I highly recommend this company.
Great experience. The tour guide was fantastic...... very knowledgeable and kind and courteous. It was definitely a joy taking the tour as her the driver. I will recommend ur tour to my friends....
It was an amazing and safe experience during COVID times. Our guide was exceptional. 100% recommended for everyone!!! Much better and personalized than bigger buses.
A fun hour. You cover a lot of ground quickly and rest your feet. Debora did a great job.