Plaza de Oriente Madrid

Forget Buckingham Palace guards and Eiffel Tower selfies. Plaza de Oriente throws you into the real Madrid. Imagine sunlight bouncing off its royal bling (the Royal Palace, I mean), the air buzzing with locals chatting while opera melodies sneak out of the Teatro Real. This ain’t just a square, it’s a living postcard where history whispers secrets and everyday life unfolds like a telenovela (minus the overacting, hopefully).

History Buffs? Ditch the Time Machine:

Think the Royal Palace is just for fancy folks? Wrong! Tours whisk you through its gold-trimmed halls, spilling tea on past monarchs. But wait, history’s not just stuck inside. Each statue lining the gardens is like a chatty neighbor, spilling secrets about Spanish kings and queens, from the legendary El Cid to the fierce Isabella. Imagine their sandals scuffing where you’re walking!

Forget Fancy, Seek Quirky:

Plaza de Oriente isn’t all stiff upper lip and crown jewels. Tucked away, like a hidden speakeasy, are the Jardines de Sabatini – a secret garden whispering “chill out” with its gurgling fountains and leafy paths. And on special nights, the whole plaza morphs into a dazzling light show, leaving you with stars in your eyes (and maybe a selfie or two).

Foodie Fiesta

Sobrino de Botín: This restaurant is right next door to Casa Botín and is said to be its original location. It offers a similar menu of traditional Castilian fare, but with a slightly more modern twist. It is a 7-minute walk from the Plaza de Oriente.

Restaurante Lhardy: This historic restaurant dates back to 1867 and is known for its traditional Spanish cuisine, including cocido madrileño (a hearty stew). The elegant dining room is a real treat. It is a 9-minute walk from the Plaza de Oriente.

Café de Oriente: This modern café offers stunning views of the Royal Palace and the gardens of Plaza de Oriente. The menu includes Spanish and international dishes, as well as a wide selection of drinks. It is right next to the Plaza de Oriente.

Shop Like a Madrileño:

Madrid’s shopping scene is as diverse as a flamenco dancer’s skirt. Gran Vía tempts fashionistas with fancy stores, while El Rastro, a flea market the size of a small town, overflows with vintage treasures and local trinkets. For a history fix, head to Puerta del Sol, the “ground zero” of Spain, and browse for unique crafts.

Insider Tips for Savvy Explorers:

Join a free walking tour starting at Puerta del Sol – it’s like having a local BFF spill the beans on history and hidden gems. Feeling lazy? Hop on a hop-off bus, letting the plaza and other highlights roll by like a movie montage. But for the real magic, visit at night. Bathed in warm light, the Plaza de Oriente transforms, perfect for a relaxed dinner and soaking up the vibes.

If you are tired of walking you can use Madrid public bicycle renting service or take a Tuk Tuk 

How I get there from Madrid, here you have the google maps link

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