Palacio Real (Royal Palace)
With over 2,000 rooms this Royal Palace is open to the public. Explore the magnificent reception rooms, state apartments and royal pharmacy. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closes at 3 p.m. on Sundays)
El Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
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Founded by the widowed Queen of Portugal in 1557, this convent of barefoot Franciscan nuns contains many rare treasures and one of the most beautiful squares in Madrid. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays and festivals from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Teatro de la Zarzuela
Inaugurated in 1856, the Teatro de la Zarzuela is the home of Spanish musical comedy. Part sung, part spoken, these performances embrace the full color and range of Spanish life on stage. The program of performances covers opera and Zarzuela, as well as dance and recitals.