Once the beating heart of the city’s cultural life, Plaza Mayor has played host to bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments, and even executions. Originally built outside the city walls, the square is now ringed with trendy shops, restaurants, and alfresco cafes, ideal for soaking up the atmosphere and watching the buzzing street life. The enormous square, which at its center features an iconic equestrian statue of King Phillip III, is easily accessible by one of many walkways connected to the surrounding pedestrian streets. At its northern end, the square is enclosed by a two-towered municipal building, housing an informative visitor center where you can pick up maps of the city and arrange for sightseeing tours in and around the historic district. Arrange to visit Plaza Mayor and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid road trip planning app .
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  • It is a tourist site well suited to sit on a terrace and take a snack of squid. So we did. Enjoy the views while you rest and taste a typical dish from the area.
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  • When you go to madrid is a walk must go to the plaza mayor, the plaza next to the adjacent streets have picturesque atmosphere of the madrid of the austrias
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  • Arcaded square that is the heart of the city. Built in 600 is a large rectangular square, completely surrounded by buildings, mainly for residential purposes, all three floors. Facing hundreds of balconies. The access roads are all covered by a vault. The dark red color of the buildings (with the exception of the Casa de la Panaderia, known for its frescoes), the uniformity of architectural styles and the lack of access roads discoveries give the square look slightly morose and make seem smaller than it really is. In the Centre the equestrian statue of King Philip III, who wanted the square to give more dignity to the city. Over the centuries it has been the scene of bullfights, festivals, guest of the Inquisition and even executions. The arcades are home to numerous shops and local bars and restaurants. To see, strolling under the arcades (attention to the many "tourist traps").
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  • When in Madrid, do stop by Plaza Mayor. It is centrally located. Come in the day and at night. The vibes vary. During the day, you will see tourists taking in the sights and taking photos. At night, you will see Families, Couples and Groups just spending time together. Be aware there are lots of street vendors selling trinkets, the locals will warn you to watch your belongings. There are also several performers. We went in June and the Plaza can get crowded but not for long periods at a time. Patience is a virtue in famous places such as this. There are several restaurants and the San Miguel Market (well known for its tapas) is a two minute walk from it. There are also several shops to look for various souvenirs and local products.
  • A nice place to swing by on your way to other sights in the city. I don't know if this is year round but when I was there, they had botellones there at night. Go buy some wine or beer and a snack while your at it. Bring your friends and sit down and join a large group of locals just enjoying each other's company late at night.
  • One of the touristy "must see" but there is not very much to see or do. Guess if you have a guide who can tell about this square, you might get a better picture. Overall it's a nice place filled with tourists, street artists and outside cafes.
  • Its necessary to visit, its historic and sometimes if your lucky you can see artitstic events or interventions. Last time I went, there was a patch of grass in the middle of Plaza Mayor. The plaza was full but everyone was sitting and enjoying the grass.
  • Good space, worth visiting. Have a look further down beyond the square and you are in the excellent tapas/bar area... Start at the Square if you wish but walk down into the tapas area.

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