Backing onto the Plaza de Oriente, Madrid’s signature opera house does not have the most distinguished of histories. The first theatre...
One of several private companies offering tours of Madrid and excursions beyond, including to San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Valle...
El Café de la Opera
Opposite the Teatro Real, this classic before-performance cafe has one unusual requirement for would-be waiters – they have to be able...
Taberna del Alabardero
This fine old Madrid taberna (tavern) is famous for its croquettes, fine jamón (ham), montaditos de jamón (small rolls of cured ham)...
Teatro Real information
Lonely Planet review
After spending €100 million-plus on a long rebuilding project, the Teatro Real is as technologically advanced as any venue in Europe, and is the city’s grandest stage for elaborate operas, ballets and classical music. The cheapest seats are so far away you’ll need a telescope, although the sound quality is consistent throughout.