|Address:||Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid. It is 14 miles (23 km) from Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport. It is best to take the Metro; the nearest station is Estación Ópera (Líneas 5 y 2).|
|Hours:||Winter hours (October to March). All days: 10:00 – 18:00. Summer hours (April to September). All days: 10:00 – 20:00. Box office and admission to the Palace close one hour earlier.|
|Duration of the Visit:||Visit without guide to Halls: 45 minutes. Visit without guide to Royal Armoury: 30 minutes.|
From Ávila, I took the train to Madrid. After more than 2 hours, I arrived in Chamartín Station. I dropped off my luggage in a hotel near Antón Martín Station and walked towards Opera Station. It was a 2-3 km walk, but I enjoyed the view, taking pictures here and there. Having walked for about an hour, I found this wonderful structure; it is Palacio Real de Madrid, which is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The Royal Family, however, has chosen not to live here. They instead live in the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela outside the city center. There’s a lot of history in this palace, and it is open to the public, and visitors can see 50 of the more than 3,000 rooms. It is quite impressive that each room is decorated uniquely.