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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  • It's a beautiful square, and you understand why it's popular for social media influencers wanting to get the perfect picture. Just be wary that there are pickpockets. Keep your things close and be...  more »
  • This plaza is enclosed by buildings on all four sides, most of which have interesting architecture as well as a bronze statue in the center. What is not pleasing about this plaza is the number of...  more »
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