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“A pity about El Pardo” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palacio Real de El Pardo

Palacio Real de El Pardo
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“A pity about El Pardo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

During out driving tour of the royal palaces that satellite around Madrid, we visited the Royal Palace of El Pardo. This very impressing cream coloured wall and grey roofed building was originally a hunting lodge dating back to the Habsburgs as it is set in vast wooded parkland known as the Monte de El Pardo. Of the many attributes identified with the Habsburg dynasty it is the hereditary over-grown jaw (mandibular prognathism) that received attention. It is clearly visible in many of the portraits of the family from the Renaissance period and after, and also is seen on coins of the period, as in the rather unflattering phrase of ‘Leopold the Hogmouth’! The old “lodge” was restyled and extended by Francesco Sabarini into the magnificent palace we see today. The entrance road way is at least 2 kilometres long and on the slow drive down, over speed humps we saw many deer and other wild animals. The interior is gorgeous with richly decorated with frescoes and tapestries, fabulous clocks, ornaments and other treasures. We paid our fee and then had to wait for almost half an hour as entry to the Palace was only by guided tour, and eventually others arrived and when we were a group of 12, our guide put in an appearance. Sadly she was not cheerful, with no hint of a smile. The tour was so rapid, I felt like we were an imposition, and not welcome, and worse still when I lingered for an extra 30 seconds to look more closely at the fabulous items, a guard who was trailing us simply put out the lights of the room I was in so I was forced to leave. I asked if we could slow down a bit as there was so much of interest, but the speed of the guide’s delivery and movement prevented us from having a proper tour of the amazing place.
Although the visit was worthwhile, it was very disappointing to be hurried through in this almost brusque manner.
Jan, Ledbury

Visited September 2013
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“Check out the free entry times.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

The Palace is like any other in Western Europe, however it also houses the Military museum and the Pharmacy Museum, which are worth a visit to marvel or shudder at times past. The Palace is free in the evenings.

Visited September 2013
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“A decent stop with a guide”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

Note the long line that is for folks awaiting free admission at ~ 6 PM. Pay the fee and avoid the line or go earlier.

Worth 2 hours of your time looking at the many rooms,the armory, and the view.

Visited July 2013
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“Splendid Royal Palace - worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting the Palace - the state rooms are stunning. As an EU citizen you can get free entry most evenings between 18:00-20:00 with proof of residency - check online for details.

Visited July 2013
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“Be careful of belongings!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

We visited the outside...to go inside was too costly for my mom and not worth it...but it's a lovely area. Warning, though, be careful of crowds as my mom was pickpocketed here!

Visited May 2013
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