The Palacio Real is the official residence of the Spanish royal family, although the present King prefers to reside outside of the city at Palacio de la Zarzuela.
more rooms than any other palace in Europe and a vast courtyard, the sheer scale of the Palacio Real cannot fail to impress. It is no surprise that it took 26 years to build. Over half of the opulent state apartments are open for viewing, so wander through the lavish halls and banqueting and armory rooms, and enjoy the uninterrupted garden and parkland views. Look out for the legendary Stradivarius violins and Goya portraits. The Palace Real may be shut at short notice for state occasions.