Princes and Princesses, Madrid's Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

If you have a child who is princess obsessed, or one who loves knights and swordplay, the Royal Palace will be an easy family activity. Couple it with lunch and a little time at a playground, and you're all set!

Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace)

Address Palacio Real, Plaza de Oriente, 28013, Madrid Map, Tel (34-91) 454 8800 Call, Hours daily 9am-5pm (Sun to 2pm), but call a day ahead to confirm as the Palace often closed for "official ceremonies", Notes Avoid visiting on Wed when locals get in free, Metro Opera Website

A visit to the Royal Palace is something most kids can get into, especially Princess obsessed little girls. Considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe, the kids will enjoy the rich interiors and the opportunity to imagine what it would be like to live in a palace. We recommend the self guided audio tour as it will enable you to move at the pace that's right for your kids. more

Cafe de Oriente

Address Plaza de Oriente 2, Madrid Map, Tel 91-547-1564 Call, Website

Cafe del Oriente may not have the cheapest pizza in town (prices begin at 10 euros) but it does have the perfect location, just opposite the Royal Palace, so that you won't have to drag the kids across the city for lunch. It also has a great selection of more grownup dishes. Seating is outdoors (our favorite way to dine with kids) and covered. more

La Paella Real Restaurante (Royal Paella)

Address C/ Arrieta 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain Map, Tel 915-420-942 Call, Hours Tue-Sun 1pm-4pm & 7:30-10:30

If your kids have good restaurant manners (and you have an arsenal of activities to keep them busy), this somewhat dressy restaurant is considered by many to be the best place in town for classic Paella. Expect a 30 minute wait for properly made paella. more