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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  • Plaza Mayor is a location you have to see when you visit Madrid. The sights and shops around there have some good souveniers, but I suggest you avoid eating here if you are after authentic Spanish....  more »
  • I am Spanish. born in Madrid. I do not recommend eating in La Plaza Mayor. Madrid residents do not eat there. If people who know don't eat there, there will be a reason. Look around you: how many...  more »
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