The palace is located in Plaza de Oriente. Its size is huge, and it contains more than 2,800 rooms. It began as a fortress surrounded by a wall, from which Madrid's journey began, in the 16th century, to become the Spanish capital.
The palace as it is seen today was built throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In the distant past, it was used at the residential home of King Juan Carlos I. Today, ceremonies and royal celebrations take place here, for it is the official home of the Spanish royal family, though it is not where they actually live.
Either way, if you get inside the palace, you can see the halls of kings, the impressive dining rooms, items of value that have been saved here, and the art pieces, musical instruments, furniture and more. Be sure to notice the decorations in the palace- all highly valuable, and very impressive.
No less impressive are the art creations spread around the palace rooms. They vary from pieces by famous Spanish artists, including Goya, Velázquez, Rubens, and El Greco, as well as frescoes by great artists. All this makes the palace a sort of central museum in the Spanish capital.
Here Spain signed the agreement to join the European Union in 1985. In the palace, there is also an art exhibit.
When you exit outside, make time for the palace gardens, where there are wonderful gardens, huge lawns, and natural green sceneries.