Madrid’s oldest neighborhood, Palacio is the home of the imposing Palacio Real. This is where the military post set by Mohamed I—the first foundation in Madrid—stood in the 9th century. The quarter, which borders the Plaza Mayor on the east, is full of winding streets with plenty of good restaurants and cafés and many of the city’s most traditional shops.


Catedral de la Almudena

The first stone of the cathedral, which adjoins the Royal Palace, was laid in 1883 by King Alfonso XII, and…

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Campo del Moro

Below the Sabatini Gardens but accessible only by an entrance on the far side is the Campo del Moro. Enjoy…

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Monasterio de la Encarnación

Once connected to the Palacio Real by an underground passageway, this Augustinian convent now houses fewer than a dozen nuns.…

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