Palacio Real de El Pardo, Madrid

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Built as a hunting lodge, Palacio Real de El Pardo was also the residence of Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator. King Enrique III of Castile built a pavilion on the site in 1406, but it wasn't until 141 years later that Emperor Carlos V constructed the rest of the palace. It was renovated in the 18th century, and became the neoclassical structure you'll see on your visit. Tour the frescoed room painted by Gaspar Becerra, and admire the artwork of Vincenzo Carducci and Cabrera on the walls. Then make the rounds of the plazas, gardens, parks, and other buildings in the vast complex. Use our Madrid visit planner to visit Palacio Real de El Pardo on your trip to Madrid, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We take metro and bus to go, arriving there in 25 minutes. We've been right. The Palace opens at 10.00 hs and is a guided visit (only this is known) to 9 euros, which is worth it. Ancient and current history (Palace where the Presidents of visiting countries are staying), area that they show on the visit. He left me a "retrotaste", not knowing more of the history that Franco left on his walls, since there he lived to his last days. We only knew your office, I would have liked to see your bedroom (which we were told a year ago to remodel), but well. beautiful everything, pictures, tapestries, carpets, spiders. There is little they show in the visit, the truth, but we still liked it very much. The Gardens and the Church that you visit at the exit, but which you barely enter since not only photos are not allowed, but a cordon along, does not let you stop by. Church where no Mass is officiated, a pity! Little promoted this Palace, but worth your visit and that of its surroundings
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  • The palace is worth seeing. On the outside it is beautiful, and it is a pleasure to be able to walk through its gardens. The interior is very well maintained and worth being seen. Now, I found the guided tour quite slack. They blow 9 euros and it doesn't make it at the hour of duration. The guide spoke to the collar of his shirt, he was not wearing a mic and he seemed to forget facts. It gave the impression of being disgusted to repeat the same thing as a parrot three times a day. From the comments I've heard in the group I visited, a lot of people felt just like me. On the other hand, add as a criticism of the person who is concerned, which I find aberrant that said Royal Palace belonging to the National Heritage of all Spaniards, is used as a hotel to host the heads of state of the countries visiting Spain, and that for more inri p they use the furniture (the one of the rooms where these people are staying is from the eighteenth century) to their liking. Please let the Royal House pay you a hotel with all the money that the Spaniards give them and stop spoiling the national heritage. On the other hand, the alimony of these people, comes from the cook of the Ritz, is it necessary so much expense? Please call burriking and have chocolate with churros and stop all the bullshit!!
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  • Very cute and quiet day trip about 15 minutes from Madrid. Take the 661 bus from Moncloa. The palace isn't always open so check hours and dates before going. It's free Wednesday afternoons as well.
  • nice place to visit
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