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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 Downtown Segway Tour

5. 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: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

6. 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

7. 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 River Segway Tour

8. Madrid River Segway Tour

Start your Segway tour with a brief visit to the Royal Palace. After, you will descend to the Manzanares River to reach La Puerta de San Vicente and the Puente del Rey, which provided the passage from the Royal Palace to the Casa de Campo.   You will then have time to admire the Segovia Bridge, a Renaissance work by Juan de Herrera, before reaching the Bridge of Andorra and the Bridge of Toledo. One of the most beautiful of Madrid, the bridge is baroque style and was ordered to be constructed by Felipe IV who ordered.   From this, you will continue to the Pasarela de La Arganzuela bridge, the most modern in Madrid. After enjoying time in this green area, you will go back to the center through the Puerta de Toledo, stopping at the church of San Francisco el Grande. Finally, you will visit the Plaza de Oriente and pass through the Cathedral of La Almudena. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure through Madrid!      

Madrid: Mysteries and Legends Tour

9. Madrid: Mysteries and Legends Tour

Your experience begins as you go to the well-known Plaza Mayor, which although it may be hard to imagine today, witnessed some of the creepiest events in the history of Madrid. From there your tour continues to Plaza de Oriente (Eastern Square), where you will discover the reason behind its name. Afterwards, learn about the role played by freemasonry and secret societies in the current power configuration in Spain, before discovering the darkest side of Puerta del Sol where the Dos de Mayo Uprising against Napoleonic troops took place. This historic battle was immortalized by Goya in his famous painting, and you will also learn about the artist's unsettling connection to witchcraft. Afterwards, you’ll head towards the spooky House of the Seven Chimneys, from where you’ll walk to the Palace of the Marquises of Linares. For decades, unexplained noises have been heard within its walls. Unsolved crimes, tormented ghosts, strange paranormal phenomena are all concealed in the most unexpected corners, all of which will change the way you look at Madrid forever.

Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

10. 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.

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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.