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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

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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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  • What's left to say to see the size of the place and the impressive leaves you with a gaping mouth to hang out here Restaurants 
    What's left to say to see the size of the place and the impressive leaves you with a gaping mouth to hang out here Restaurants  more »
  • As with other cities around, the main square is a must! stop by the visitors center to get some great info. Nice to walk around or sit and do a bit of watching 
    As with other cities around, the main square is a must! stop by the visitors center to get some great info. Nice to walk around or sit and do a bit of watching  more »
  • We were able to shop for different family members here with all of the shops available. Everyone was very nice 
    We were able to shop for different family members here with all of the shops available. Everyone was very nice  more »
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  • This is a must see when in Madrid. Even if you have a short layover. Its a quick cab ride for about 30 euro. Fantastic food in area. Sites and museums all within walking distance. Make sure to have comfortable shoes.
  • Lively public square with many ways to get there and explore central Madrid. There are patios serving different types of food and drinks. There are vendors selling various things and goods. During sunset it is quite beautiful as the lights are coming on and people are hanging out with happiness. A magical and historic area for meeting with friends or just spending time with your loved ones.
  • This used to be such a regal spot in Madrid but it has gone downhill with all the ghetto market booths and trashy tourist traps. The charm is not there anymore since it has become more of a street market than a regal plaza with history. It's nice to visit and hang out, but nothing too special.
  • A beautiful sight to see! Many people gather together in one spot to socialize and co-mingle, which I found astonishing. With the this try landmark, the social positive warm vibe and the restaurants booming with talents amongst the society, the place is a good sight to see.
  • So historically European. Beautiful architecture all round (or rather all square).We visited twice and the second time there was scaffolding up in a large part of the square in preparation for an event so, in effect, part was cordoned off (if you're planning a visit then check for events). No shortage of food with such a variety of restaurants around the perimeter. All pockets catered for when it comes to food. Just enjoy.

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