El Pardo Royal Palace
Calle Manuel Alonso s/n
28048 Madrid (Madrid)
National Heritage certification
An old royal residence
This Royal Palace in Madrid is on El Pardo Hill, which has almost 16,000 hectares of woodland, to the north of the city.
It was built in the 16th century, during the reign of Philip II, over the remains of a small castle that Charles I constructed in the 15th century. This is why El Pardo Palace inherited the structure of a medieval castle with towers at the corners, surrounded by a moat. Besides its architectural beauty, the monument is also outstanding for its interior decoration. It has wonderful tapestries following the compositions of artists like Bayeu and Goya. You can also see 18th- and 19th-century furniture, and works of art such as Juan de Flandes' Portrait of Isabella the Catholic and Ribera's Portrait of Don Juan José de Austria on horseback. Since 1983 it has been used as residence of foreign heads of state on official visits to Spain.
- Construction: Palace
- Artistic period: Baroque
- Historic period: 18th century
- Setting: El Príncipe House, La Zarzuela Palace, Capuchinos Monastery.
- From Apr 01 to Sep 30
From Monday to SundayFrom 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
- From Oct 01 to Mar 31
From Monday to SundayFrom 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Ticket office closes one hour before closing time for monument. Closed: 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 24, 25 and 31 December and days of official events announced on the National Heritage website.
- General: €9
- Reduced: €4
Admission free: under-5s, 18 May, 12 October, large families (when the tour is being taken by, at least, one adult and three of his or her children, or two if one of them is disabled), ICOM members, disabled people, teachers, unemployed people and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (October to March) and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (April to September) for European Union and Ibero-American citizens.