Plaza Mayor, Madrid

3.9
Historic Site · Landmark
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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  • Lovely square in Madrid, there are many bars and restaurants for breakfast and for appetizers. The architecture is gorgeous.  more »
  • Fortunate enough to have a view of the square from the balcony of my hotel and it is of course redolent with a perceptible atmosphere, and with magnificent period architecture. Covid restrictions...  more »
  • The place to see first in Madrid. Walk under the arches, have a drink in one the many coffee and restaurant there, look at the beautifull buildings !  more »

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