This palace, to the north of Madrid, began life as a 15th century hunting lodge and became an alternative residence of the kings of Spain until the early 19th century. After a huge fire destroyed much of the palace, it was renovated in the 18th century by Francesco Sabatini, an Italian architect who worked in Spain and whose influence can be seen throughout the capital. Its interiors feature 18th and 19th century furniture and paintings. It is the residence used to accommodate foreign heads of state when they visit Spain, but is open to the public when not in official use. General admission is €9 (US$10). Open Monday-Sunday, 10am-6pm.
Calle Manuel Alonso, s/n, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 76 15 00