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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  • A tourist site for sure, but enjoyable none the less. You can definitely people watch here. I did not try any of the restaurants, but was there during Christmas time so I checked out the market they had set up in the Plaza. I liked all of the stands they had set up and the decorations were really nice especially when lit at night. Performers were there as well entertaining the crowd.
  • Wonderful area to sit and relax with fun Street style entertainment. Plenty of places to eat and drink although a little bit more expensive than elsewhere. We even got to watch a wedding and as it is sheltered we sat in polo shirts on a February day that started at at -2°. A must visit 😀
  • Nice historical location with a history of brutality. Gives you feeling of being there in a history and watch those who were punished publicly ar this place in old times. Nice shopping options for souvenirs and also great food options. Interesting to watch people selling stuff on the street which is illegal and when police arrive on the horses, how quickly they wrap that and leave only to return when police is gone. Overall nice place to visit.
  • A must sightseeing place in Madrid! This beautiful square has so much history! Also, they always have something different there! Like this picture I’ve post! You will also noticed a lot of locals with their family! And this is amazing!
  • Very beautiful square. Calamari sandwich is a classic and you can join free walking tours in the mornings. Look for the red umbrellas, they're very good for English speakers.
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