Madrid’s imposing Royal Palace was completed in 1764 and is one of the city’s most striking examples of Baroque architecture. It is Europe’s largest royal palace by floor area, and has 2,800 rooms, 50 of which are open to the public. It is the official Madrid residence of the Spanish Royal Family, but is only used for state ceremonies (they live in the more modest Zarzuela Palace, just outside Madrid). Visitors on a guided or self-guided tour can take in paintings by Spanish artists including Goya, in addition to the sumptuous throne room and armoury among other features. Visiting hours are 10am-6pm in winter and 10am-8pm in summer. General admission is €11 (US$12.29).
Calle de Bailén, s/n, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 54 87 00