On our last day in the city, we visited the Royal Palace of Madrid. When I travel, I love visiting the royal residences… for me, it’s a perfect mix of architecture, fine art and interior design that keeps things interesting! We went on a Sunday and it wasn’t busy at all. Included in the entrance fee was an audio guide on iPhones, which was very informative. Many of the tour groups going through skipped over some of the incredible details in the grand rooms.
The Royal Palace of Madrid is still active, but only used for ceremonies. I really enjoyed seeing photos from recent receptions and the Royal Wedding of King Felipe VI. The Palace is incredibly large, with over 1,450,000 square feet and over 3000 rooms. Of course, only about 20 rooms are on view for the public, but they are filled with treasures. From unique porcelain pieces to precious clocks and Stradivari instruments. I’m a huge fan of decorative arts and the Porcelain Room and Gasperini Room (which is pictured above). Both were UNREAL. The design inside is all baroque and Rococo, which is a total feast for the eyes. I was impressed by the immaculate condition of all the rooms as well.
Before you leave, make sure to stop by the Royal Armoury. It houses one of the best collections of armour in the world, dating back to the 13th Century.
For my visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid, I decided to wear an all-pink look. This season is all about Millenial pink, and I thought a visit to a real Palace would be the perfect place to wear such a feminine outfit. The wrap dress was very comfortable, and the crepe poly fabric kept me cool, even in 35 degree weather!
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Grounds of the Royal Palace of Madrid
The grounds of the palace are so beautiful. Before we came in to the Royal Palace of Madrid, we strolled through the Sabatini Gardens and admired the Baroque Plaza de la Armeria. There are also many beautiful frescos throughout the Royal Palace of Madrid, including this one in the Great Hall. For visitors, it’s important to note that you are not allowed to take pictures inside the individual rooms past the great hall.
I’d definitely recommend visiting the Royal Palace of Madrid if you love visiting royal residences or love interior design and decorative arts… or you’re into armour! It was definitely a crowd pleaser amongst both of us. The gift shop also had lots of nice items, and I ended up picking up a pair of authentic Demascene Toledo earrings, which are so lovely!