Royal Palace of Madrid Hours

A Quick Guide to the Royal Palace of Madrid Opening Hours

The Royal Palace of Madrid in the Spanish capital is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The imposing 1,450,000 square feet palace with 3,418 rooms is used only for state ceremonies and is the largest palace in Europe. 

Construction of the Royal Palace of Madrid started in 1735, and it features the ornate baroque style architecture that prevailed in that period. The palace also houses paintings by artists such as Caravaggio and Francisco de Goya. Stay on this page to know the Royal Palace of Madrid’s opening hours and the best time to visit.

Royal Palace of Madrid Opening Hours

Royal Palace of Madrid Hours

General Timings: The Royal Palace of Madrid is open daily. Between April to September, the palace is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM. On Sundays, the entry time is from 10 AM to 4 PM. During the winter months - October to March, the palace is open from 10 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sundays.

Closed: The palace is closed on 1 and 6 January, 1 May, and 12 and 25 December. On 12 October, the palace is closed until 5:30 PM, and on 24 and 31 December, it closes at 3 PM.

Duration of Visit: We recommend spending anywhere between 1 to 2 hours at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

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What is the Best Time to Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid?

Royal Palace of Madrid Hours

Weekday vs Weekend

The Royal Palace of Madrid gets a lot of visitors as it's an important attraction in the city. The palace gets quite crowded towards the late hours of the morning and the evening.

If you want to explore the palace with fewer crowds, the best time to visit is earlier in the morning, just when the palace opens. If you want to avoid large crowds, we recommend avoiding weekends. 

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Peak Season vs Low Season

We recommend visiting Madrid either during the fall months (September to November) or during spring season (March to May). Temperatures are pleasant during these months making it a good time for tourist activities.

If you don’t mind low temperatures and fewer crowds, then you can plan your visit around winter (December to February). This is the shoulder season in Madrid. The peak tourist season is during summer (June to August). Expect huge crowds and high temperatures during this time.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Royal Palace of Madrid Opening Hours

Q. What is the Royal Palace of Madrid’s opening hours?

A. The opening hours of the Royal Palace of Madrid change slightly in the summer and winter seasons. From April to September, the palace is open from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday to Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sundays. From October to March, it is open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sundays.

Q. Is the Royal Palace of Madrid open every day?

A. Yes, the Royal Palace of Madrid is open every day except on certain days of the year.

Q. When is the Royal Palace of Madrid closed?

A. The Royal Palace of Madrid is closed on 1 and 6 January, 1 May, and 12 and 25 December. On 12 October, the palace is closed until 5:30 PM, and on 24 and 31 December, it closes at 3 PM.

Q. How long should I spend at the Royal Palace of Madrid?

A. We suggest spending about 1 to 2 hours exploring the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Q. What is the best time to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid?

A. The best time to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid is early in the morning when it opens.

Q. Is the Royal Palace of Madrid open on public holidays?

A. Yes, the Royal Palace of Madrid is open on holidays except 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 12 and 25 December. 

Q. Should I visit the Royal Palace of Madrid on a public holiday?

A. Yes, the Royal Palace of Madrid is a popular destination in Madrid, well-worth a visit.

Q. What are the Royal Palace of Madrid’s opening hours for public holidays?

A. There are no changes in the opening hours of the Royal Palace of Madrid during holidays. The palace is open from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday to Saturday and 10 to 4 PM on Sundays.