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Things to do in Palacio, Madrid

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Palace
“The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe.”
  • 334 locals recommend
Market
“The San Miguel Market is the city’s gastronomic temple, the contemporary o fresh seafood brought from Galicia each day, the Mediterranean rice or the special cheese from Castile, Asturias or the Basque Country. The finest products and wine from the length and breadth of Spain are divided among 30 permanent”
  • 303 locals recommend
Flea Market
“El Rastro is the most popular open air flea market in Spain. It is held every Sunday and public holiday during the year and is located between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo (just south of La Latina metro station and Puerta de Toledo station). Along Plaza de Cascorro and La Ribera de Curtidores to Ronda de Toledo. ”
  • 296 locals recommend
Church
“It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“The Palace Museum and visit is a must. A Royal experience of Historic significance”
  • 69 locals recommend
Theatre
“Cool atmosphere, may bars around with terraces, cocktails...all in the oldest part of MADRID’s city ”
  • 161 locals recommend
Plaza
“Amazing spot to try good food, beer and wine. Try to go during the week to avoid a lot of tourists.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Our former King's favourite Tapas place in Madrid. If you're not a vegan and eat pork ask for the "Huevos estrellados" -Eggs with ham.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Opera House
“Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) or simply El Real, as it is known colloquially, is a major opera house located in Madrid. Today the Teatro Real opera is one of the great theaters of Europe hosting large productions involving leading international figures in opera singing, musical direction, stage direction and dance. The theater offers visitors guided tours in several languages, including the auditorium, stage, workshops and rehearsal rooms. Founded in 1818 and inaugurated on 19 November 1850, it closed in 1925 and reopened in 1966. Beginning in 1988 it underwent major refurbishing and renovation works and finally reopened in 1997 with a capacity of 1,746 seats. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Garden
“Part of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, and were opened to the public by King Juan Carlos I in 1978”
  • 69 locals recommend
Theatre
“Musical: The Lion King. One of the best known shows in Madrid. An assembly of high quality and acclaim. Advisable to book tickets in advance, they are often depleted.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Delicious Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish omelette)!! And nice and modern tapas.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“(2 minute walk) www.mercadodelacebada.com Opens M-F 9am-2pm and 5:30-8:30pm; Sat 9am-6pm. Sundays closed Two floors houses stalls of food products, mainly perishable, occupying all the commercial space. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“The oldest restaurant in the world, established in 1725, the Botin has lost none of its charm over the years. Try a dish from the huge variety of roasted meats, prepared in a traditional oak-burning oven.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“"EL VIAJERO" restaurant and bar is situated over three stories in a classic nineteenth Century building, where the cozy and small rooftop garden on top is the prime spot to visit. It is the only rooftop bar in Madrid on this list, located in the Latina area of he city. "EL VIAJERO" (which btw means 'the Traveler') holds a full on restaurant on the ground floor, a second floor bar and on the third floor you get the best of both worlds. The kitchen on the terrace serves a nice selection of tapas and nibbles, along with crunchy pizzas with an Italian touch. The rooftop bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, where (of course) the mojito is a given favorite. Expect cool views over old town Madrid, a magical sunset accompanied with a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere. No reservations possible for the rooftop terrace, so be on time to be guaranteed a good spot.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cava Baja Street is in the lively La Latina quarter. Go first to El Rastro flea market on Sundays and then stop in any of the trendy tapas bars at Cava Baja street!”
  • 81 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Spanish Restaurant
“Our former King's favourite Tapas place in Madrid. If you're not a vegan and eat pork ask for the "Huevos estrellados" -Eggs with ham.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Delicious Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish omelette)!! And nice and modern tapas.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“The oldest restaurant in the world, established in 1725, the Botin has lost none of its charm over the years. Try a dish from the huge variety of roasted meats, prepared in a traditional oak-burning oven.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“"EL VIAJERO" restaurant and bar is situated over three stories in a classic nineteenth Century building, where the cozy and small rooftop garden on top is the prime spot to visit. It is the only rooftop bar in Madrid on this list, located in the Latina area of he city. "EL VIAJERO" (which btw means 'the Traveler') holds a full on restaurant on the ground floor, a second floor bar and on the third floor you get the best of both worlds. The kitchen on the terrace serves a nice selection of tapas and nibbles, along with crunchy pizzas with an Italian touch. The rooftop bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, where (of course) the mojito is a given favorite. Expect cool views over old town Madrid, a magical sunset accompanied with a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere. No reservations possible for the rooftop terrace, so be on time to be guaranteed a good spot.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Traditional restaurant making cocido stew, XVIIth century style in clay pots, very near to the flat. A filling meal. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bar
“If you are looking for a not very big lunch, this comfortable place has a menu of one dish, drink and coffee for 7,5€, each day a different unique dish but really tasty and well-cooked. If you want to taste the dessert, the cheese flan is great. They have tapas too, apart from the lunch menu. Very lively by evening to have a drink too. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“To eat "cocido madrileño" a tipical stew in Madrid. 15 min walking from the flat.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Close to Bodegas Ricla, this small place near the Plaza Mayor, has the best fried cod of Madrid. It has three tables and a stand up bar and it’s usually crowded. Just eat cod and have a drink. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

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