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Weekend In Royal Madrid

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View of a tall and grand lamp post in the Palace. The Royal Palace facade and inside the Main Entrance.

On a weekend visit to Madrid a few years ago, we spent the morning visiting the Palacio Real De Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family but only used in official State ceremonies. The Spanish Royal Family resides in Zarzuela Palace outside of Madrid. When in Madrid, never miss visiting this huge and grand palace to view the majestically decorated chambers  including the Throne Hall, the Oriental Room, the State Dining Room, all filled with works of art and fantastic furniture. Construction began in 1734 for 26 years. The gardens were designed by Francesco Sabatini. My favourite part of our visit was visiting the Spanish Armoury on the outer building on the left side of the Palace. Inside are all of the collections of the Spanish Armoury mostly from the 15th Century, considered best in the World that consist of full body armours, weapons and even armours for their horses. It is a collection not to be missed and truly amazing. 
The side facade of the Palace facing Plaza de Oriente.  Built in the Baroque and Classic style, this palace is very elegant with statues and columns built all around the facade.  On the North side is the Sabatini Gardens. 
Plaza de Oriente displays many statues of the Spanish Kings mostly from the medieval period until the 15C including the Equestrian statue of Felipe IV (above).  In Spain, it is best to just take your time and walk around. Plaza de Oriente has one of the best places to hang out to take in this majestic view. One of the  famous restaurants in Madrid Cafe de Oriente is located on this Plaza. The Cafe is elegantly decorated, serves one of the best Spanish food in the City and also has one of the best patios with this commanding view. I remember I bravely ate black squid ink Paella there with a glass of sangria. 
The Royal Guards with their horses going back to their Barracks near the Palace.
Spanish Kings from the Medieval time up to the 15th Century watching over Plaza de Oriente.  

One of my favourites during Spring time is the start of the Patio season. Here in Plaza Mayor in Madrid, everyone took advantage of the beautiful sunshine with some delicious Spanish food and drinks. Besides the Sangria, the other famous Spanish drink is the San Miguel Beer, which originated from the Philippines but  also produced locally in Spain. 
After our visit from the Royal Palace, we walked to the Mercado De San Miguel. The market is one of the best places to eat tapas, freshly made from all of the ingredients available inside. There are also Wine Bars inside to try different kinds of Spanish wines.
In the market are different varieties and sizes of Olives, the Spanish Serrano and Iberico hams and a variety of fresh seafood. We ordered some and also ate them right there in the market. There are tables and chairs available for eating inside the market.
From the market, we walked towards the Puerta del Sol, a huge plaza full of Spanish shops and more restaurants filled with locals until late in the evening. As you know, Dinner in Spain starts at 9 pm till later.  From the Puerta del Sol, we walked toward the Gran Via then back towards our hotel at The Ritz Madrid  which is located right beside the Museo del Prado. Above is a statue of Francisco Goya, one of Spain's great painters, located inside the Museo del Prado complex. But here in Spain, there is siesta after lunch, so we returned to the Hotel for our siesta...to save some energy for some Spanish feast and partying till late in the evening. Can't miss that for sure.


May you all have a relaxing weekend.


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31 comments

  1. Love the pictures <3

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  2. Hi Pamela! I'm planning to visit Spain soon, is a shame I havent done it yet! Madrid is a beautiful city, the Royal Palace is too stunning and impressive! I like the first pic of you, you look too nice and love your outfit, perfect for travel! Kisses dear, have a great weekend! xo

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  3. These photos bring back memories! I remember visiting this area and seeing the Palace from the outside. I think it's time that I return to Madrid after a long time...

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  4. I love Madrid. I will visit it soon but I am only going to stay there one night so I will not have too much time to visit all I miss about this city..:) Love your pictures :)

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  5. Pamela I was going to moan about the fact of you coming to Spain and not telling me anything until I saw it was some years ago.
    I'm glad you enjoye the city, Madrid has beautiful places to visit, and St Miguel's market is one of my favourite places there. Really nice visit the only thing you have forget about is "Retiro park" and calamari sandwich at plaza mayor, really nice and famous.
    kisses

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  6. Bonitas fotografías!!
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  7. I love the pics! So beautiful:)

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  8. Amazing madrid

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  9. I like rememebering all the past travels as well. It s great how after certain time they are growing even more beautiful in our mind. Have a lovely weekend with something new to turn it into a beautiful memory:-)

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  10. Madrid, such a great city!kisses!

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  11. Madrid is beautiful city Dear. Love the photos so much ♥
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  12. Pamela, I envy you! It's so wonderful you experienced this. Everything is so gorgeous! I can't get over the lamposts besides everything else. The details are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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  13. I love old buildings! and expecialy royal buildings, they are so elegant and great!

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  14. Lovely post Pamela. I've heard about the Sabatini gardens in Madrid with their beautifully manicured and geometric Buxus designs.

    What better way to spend the afternoon after noseying around the palace than to relax in the Plaza Mayor in the sunshine with a nice cool drink. I had no idea that San Miguel beer originated in the Philippines.

    Those green olives at the Mercado De San Miguel look so delicious, yum, my favourite!

    Paul

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  15. I love patio season! And had no idea San Miguel was also produced in Spain - how cool! I'm kind of craving a glass of it now :)

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  16. Great pics... I love madrid....when I went I stayed pretty close to la puerta del sol.... it was great!
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  17. Great article!!! Love the olives pictures :)))))
    Cecille

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  18. Hi dear
    NIce pictures, I love Madrid!!
    xoxo

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  19. Lovely pics, looks like you had a great time :)
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  21. This is my absolute favorite city and your stunning photos bring back beautiful memories of Madrid.

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  22. Absolutely majesti! i love all this splendor . . .

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  23. That is some lamp post! I bet the smoked meats and seafood were delicious...

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  24. Your blog inspires me to travel! Beautiful post!

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  26. Although I have visited Spain many times, I have never been to Madrid (but it is on my list!) I can see from your post that I missing a treat.
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  27. so beautiful! I love the architecture. Would love to visit someday

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