Spanish Royal Residences

by Scott Mehl

The Royal Palace of Madrid
Madrid

Believed to be the largest palace in Europe, the Royal Palace of Madrid is the official palace of the Spanish monarchy.  It is used for official and state functions, however it is not used as a royal residence.

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Wikipedia: Royal Palace of Madrid

Zarzuela Palace
Madrid

Zarzuela Palace is the primary residence of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. It is located in the El Pardo complex, just outside of Madrid. Queen Sofia’s sister, Princess Irene of Greece, lives at Zarzuela Palace as well.

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Wikipedia: Zarzuela Palace

Prince’s Pavilion
Madrid

Also located in the El Pardo complex, The Prince’s Pavilion is the official residence of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia and their daughters.

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Marivent Palace
Palma de Mallorca

Marivent Palace is the official summer residence of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Within the grounds are Son Vent, the home of King Felipe VI, as well as two small villas built for the Infantas Elena and Cristina.

Son Vent
Palma de Mallorca

Son Vent is the summer residence of King Felipe and Queen Letizia, located on the grounds of Marivent Palace.  (photo courtesy of Starface)

Alcázar of Seville
Seville, Andalusia

The Alcázar of Seville is the official residence of The King in Andalusia, although rarely used as an actual residence.

Wikipedia: Alcázar of Seville

Albéniz Palace
Barcelona, Catalonia

The Albéniz Palace is the official residence of The King in Catalonia, although rarely used as an actual residence.

Royal Palace of El Pardo
Madrid

The El Pardo Palace is the former residence of General Franco and his family. At the time of King Juan Carlos’ accession, he chose to remain in Zarzuela Palace (within the grounds), and now the larger El Pardo Palace is used primarily as guest accommodations for visiting heads of state.

Wikipedia: Royal Palace of El Pardo

La Mareta
Lanzarote, Spain

La Mareta was originally built by King Hussein of Jordan to be used as a holiday retreat. However, he never used the house, and soon gave it to King Juan Carlos as a personal gift. The King, in turn, gifted it to the Patrimonio Nacional, the organization that owns and maintains most of the royal residences. It was here where the King’s mother, The Countess of Barcelona, passed away in 2000.

Lanzarote: La Mareta

 

Additional residences

  • The Infanta Elena and her family live in a penthouse apartment in Madrid.
  • The Infanta Cristina and her family live in a large mansion in Barcelona. However, they currently reside in Switzerland.
  • The Infanta Pilar has a very large mansion at Puerta de Hierro in Madrid.
  • The Infanta Margarita lives in a large apartment in Madrid.