The Palacio Real is one of the most popular attractions in Madrid. The largest royal palace in Europe has 870 windows, 240 balconies, 44 staircases and 2,800 rooms – big enough to spend an entire day exploring. But there are even more grandiose witnesses of the unbridled indulgence of the Spanish royal family around the capital.
The King’s residential palace is not open to the public, but the following 3 royal residences can be visited. With 2,675 windows, 86 staircases and 4,000 rooms, El Escorial is definitely larger than the Palacio Real, except that it is not a palace but a castle, hence the lack of balconies. The elegant fairytale-like palace in Aranjuez contrasts sharply with the harsh granite of El Escorial. And finally, there is the dictator General Franco’s palace, which stands on a mountain in El Pardo.