- El Pardo palace began life as a royal hunting lodge. It later became General Franco's official residence, and nowadays it is a museum and accommodation for visiting foreign leaders. Its great collection of paintings, textiles, antique furniture, and porcelain is open to the public. Roberto Michel's decorative ceilings and Bayeu y Maella's murals are particularly worth seeing. The prince's palace and the Quinta palace (closed for restoration work) are also part of this complex, eight kilometers away on the outskirts of Madrid. The wooded gardens and restaurants here are popular with locals relaxing on weekends. Take the public bus (El Pardo-Mingorrubio) from Moncloa.
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