Palacio Real de El Pardo, Madrid

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Built as a hunting lodge, Palacio Real de El Pardo was also the residence of Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator. King Enrique III of Castile built a pavilion on the site in 1406, but it wasn't until 141 years later that Emperor Carlos V constructed the rest of the palace. It was renovated in the 18th century, and became the neoclassical structure you'll see on your visit. Tour the frescoed room painted by Gaspar Becerra, and admire the artwork of Vincenzo Carducci and Cabrera on the walls. Then make the rounds of the plazas, gardens, parks, and other buildings in the vast complex. Use our Madrid visit planner to visit Palacio Real de El Pardo on your trip to Madrid, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is a palace that surprised us, by that thought more small. We arrived a little before 5 o'clock, without let us remember that it was free from the 5 wanted to hire a guided tour and which was our surprise when we were told that all visits were guided and free. We had a guide (do not remember if it was called gem) that I explain phenomenal and he did it very enjoyable. The surrounding landscape is also very nice we traveled a path along the banks of the River, we could see fawns, in short I recommend this visit.
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  • If you visit Madrid, visit this Palace is worth a visit. Although this is located, approx. 20 min. by taxi, outside of Madrid. Advantage, if you already buy the tickets via the Internet. The guided tour is very good and informative. The only drawback is in Spanish only.
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  • We arrived without waiting for much of the Palace, but the visit ended much deserving punishment. Hides much more wealth than one expects when it takes the idea of El Pardo as residence of Franco and not as a place of higher historical value. While it is true that it would not be the first site you would recommend in Madrid and surroundings, it would invite to visit it if you have some time extra, or if you are in the region and has never had interest in the Palace.
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