Plaza Mayor, Madrid

3.9
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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  • Fun central location of activities within Madrid. Easily accessible via public transportation. We especially enjoyed visiting at night when the plaza seemed to come to life. More accordion please!  more »
  • This is an absolutely beautiful place to sit, have a beer and watch the world go by. If you like people watching, you could easily spend an entire day here at one or more of the bars/restaurants.  more »
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