With 2,800 rooms and almost 1.5 million square feet of floor space, the Palacio Real de Madrid is via square footage the largest European palace. Within its walls are extravagances like artwork, fine porcelains, decadent furniture and exquisite silverware. Other than during state events, the Palacio Real offers limited viewing of the interior, allowing guests to peruse through some of the luxurious items held there. However, the outer grounds are also quite beautiful and worth seeing as well.
With two large plazas, one of which being the magnificent Plaza de Oriente, and some spectacular gardens on the site, the Palacio Real de Madrid is a great place to stop before heading to the Teatro Real to catch a show. While no longer occupied by Spainís royalty, the Patrimonio Nacional cares for the property as a service to the Crown and they have done a remarkable job ensuring the continuing quality and beauty of the grounds.