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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  • Yes, you do need to check online whether the palace is open the day before you go. You can go to Patriminonial Nacional website which is the gatekeeper of all the royal palaces in Spain, look under "B...  more »
  • I went with a friend and we chose the option of guided tour while it was Saturday at noon and they offered the free entry option. It was worth it because the Guide explained to us the most important details of each room without being heavy. The only drawback is that some rooms cannot be visited because today is used as the official residence for State visits or represent you foreigners who visit the country. The Palace is not very big but the decoration is elegant and astonished in particular tapestries depicting scenes from everyday life, hunting...
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  • The royal palace of the Pardo is located 15 km from the centre of Madrid in a wooded site, always dedicated to hunting, in the middle of a beautiful park. This Palace is from the meeting of two pavilions of hunting of the 16th and 18th centuries. Guided tour of the Palace is really worth. Notably, there are frescoes of the 16th century. This was the place of residence of the general Franco but the visit of its apartments is not there is more interesting to see. It currently is the place of residence of the men and women of State foreign visit in Madrid.
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