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 .
Tours to Plaza Mayor
Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $25
Duration: 1 hour
Madrid Food Tour - Spanish Local Gastronomy & History 3-course Lunch or Dinner BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $90
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Plaza Mayor Reviews
La Plaza Mayor es un sitio que siempre visitamos cuando en Madrid. Es muy bonita, especialmente con sol. Es colorida, variada y entretenida. Se puede prescindir de los restaurantes y cafeterías con su... more »The Plaza Mayor is a place we always visit when in Madrid. It's very pretty, especially with sunshine. It is colorful, varied and entertaining. You can do without the restaurants and cafes with their high prices. Despite this, it is very nice to sit at one of the tables and enjoy a beer, coffee or soft drink. The surrounding streets are interesting, there are many bars and cafes and small shops of a lifetime.
Der Platz in mitten in der Altstadt. Einer der schönsten Plätze in Madrid. Rundherum hat es schöne Restaurants. more »The square in the middle of the old town. One of the most beautiful places in Madrid. All around it has nice restaurants.
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