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Plaza Mayor, Madrid
(3.6/5 based on 12,000+ 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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  • As announced in the title ... a central square quite small and anonymous, nothing special ... the usual restaurants and stores overcharge for tourist toper and masks raccattasoldi ... sometimes homeless people screaming. To see at least once just to check the list of things to do.
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  • One of the most emblematic squares of madrid that is characterized by its arches of inputs and their arcades, ideal to enjoy with beer or the typical sangria tapas.
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  • Does not the beauty of the Plaza san Marco Venice, less of the old town square in Prague but certainly has its charm. Mainly at night by its incessant movement of people and because it is unforgivable to not sit in one of the bars to have a beer accompanied by a good Iberian ham or another speciality of madrid.
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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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