Palacio Real de el Pardo

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Lonely Planet review

Built in the 15th century and remodelled in the 17th, this opulent palace was Franco’s favourite residence. It’s surrounded by lush gardens (which close one hour later than the palace) and on Sunday fills with madrileño families looking for a bit of fresh air and a hearty lunch. Of the art on display inside, the tapestries stand out, particularly those based on cartoons by Goya.