If you are going to be visiting Madrid then one attraction that you must not miss out on is the Royal Palace or Palacio Real as it is known is Spanish. It is the most beautiful and certainly the largest building in the whole city. It is located next to the Plaza de Oriente which in itself is worth a visit.
The palace is truly spectacular. It is built where the old Moorish Castle once stood before it was destroyed by fire. The palace is the largest in Western Europe and was designed by Filippo Juvarra for King Felipe V and his a 3000 courtiers. The building of the palace began in 1737.
Inside visitors can view furniture, tapestries and many works of art too. The palace is not only a palace but a museum too. It sees around 1 million visitors through its doors each year. Although the public cannot see every single part of the palace, a large proportion is for public viewing. It stays open throughout the year except on days of official ceremonies. The nearest metro station is Opera.
As well as the building itself the grounds of the Palace should not be missed. The plaza de Oriente also contains several stunning sculptures and across the plaza lies the Royal Theatre.