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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

(4.1/5 based on 14,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Plaza Mayor and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Madrid attractions using our Madrid trip itinerary builder.
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  • Impossible not to go the main square, in the Centre of Madrid. Very busy place, part of the tour of the city. It has several entrances which connect to different streets of the city. In the center of the square is the statue of Felipe III, dating back to 1616.
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  • Worth the visit and the pause for a local beer, enjoying the movement and the architecture of the square. The streets around are also attractive and they take you to different points of Madrid. Compulsory tour.
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  • Ideal for you feel the atmosphere in Madrid, located bars great for that beer evening. And the best before the games you can find supporters of teams concentrated here, in an organized manner, always with policing, only problem is that in day of games beer is 1 euro more expensive =/
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  • This is by far the most iconic Plaza I've ever seen. We stayed on the top floor in the square. You can sit out for hours just people watching. I highly recommend coming.
  • Impressive central square of Madrid, where it is nice to sit down and have a relaxed drink, snack or even a email. Not the most economical, but drinks and food are still at reasonable prices. Quality depends from place to place, but if you want excellent food, perhaps it's better to go elsewhere.
  • Nice, clean and historic place! The atmosphere here is a very relaxing one. You can take a walk inside and also eat or drink at the restaurants/bars that are surrounding the place.
  • Has lots of restaurants. Perfect atmosphere and food. Easy to access and servers can speak English. I recommend getting paella or steak here.
  • Nice square with lots of restaurants and bars all around it. Good spot to find someone playing some music