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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

(3.7/5 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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  • Want to have amazing photos of your trip? Go to Plaza Mayor in two sunny and enjoy, of course, be careful as any capital of the world. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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  • Nice square, though many street artist trying to capture your attention. The central statue was unfortunately under repair 
  • You can't leave to go to this place full of history, where so much humanity has gone over time. Ideal going into December, being full of typical markets.
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  • Sitio fantástico para pasear no recomendable tomar tapas o cervezas en esta zona muy turístico calidad pobre y precios altos
  • Horrible experience, as the elderly man who was the waiter outside, told us that if we looked at other restaurants he will not serve us (because we told him we had just arrived and have not seen the other restaurants yet)! Extremely rude and unprofessional as we had visitors with us who were upset and decided not to go back because of his comment even though they wanted to eat there!!
  • I would recommend this place very much. It is a must to see when you are in Madrid. Though get prepared that it will be very crowded. Loads of people from everywhere. Full of tourist. The restaurants are ok but they are very expense but you cant miss a relaxing cup of cafe con leche en Plaza Mayor...=)
  • Bocadillo of squid of the ostia. They are the best calamari I've eaten outside Galicia, and even better than some of galicia. Takes a bit to serve you. Champignons with prawns are very good.
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  • All done with taste. Not too much. But with quality in the elaboration
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