So, am I the only one who didn’t know that Madrid’s Royal Palace has a formal changing of the guard ceremony? All these years living in Madrid and I had no idea this event even existed, so I was more than happy to check it out this week.
Yes, like most Madrid events, it was crowded and hot and full of old ladies that loved to stick their poofy hair into my shot, but I loved it all the same. All that formal military pomp always puts me in a great mood for some reason.
You know how sometimes you’re soooo over this town and then, just when it seems you’re turning that amargada corner for good, something Madrid-ish happens that shows you that this town is pretty damn great? Well, this event, as touristy as it is, turned into my anti-amargada moment.
If you want to attend the formal ceremony, it takes place at 12:00 on the first Wednesday of the month. I overheard a guard telling a señora that the best time to see the ceremony is in October when there’s not so many tourists around and the weather is cooler.
Keep in mind that if you make it inside the Plaza de la Armería there’s very little shade so yes, it does get pretty hot. Also, if you don’t want to wait in line, the military procession passes in front of the palace and then enters the plaza on Almudena side. However, there’s a formal ceremony that goes on inside the plaza for about an hour or so. All in all, it’s worth it to see it at least once.
Also keep in mind, that, damn, Madrid has some very sexy royal guards.
Also, if you do go in the summertime and you get overheated and faint, this guapo soldier will come sweep you away in his arms and give you a cold beer:
It will be just like Gladiator, but more romantical.