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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  • Not much to see inside the Plaza but picked up a map at the tourist office. Went next door to have lunch at the Mercado but it was so crowded there wasn't even anywhere to sit. We found a little outdo...  more »
  • The square is beautiful and surrounded by countless bars and restaurants. There are streets full of shopping near by as well as a great market. There is construction going on right now, so you can not...  more »
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  • If you want to relax and people watch from those of all nations, then his is the place to be. Or even if you want to see Spanish life in full motion, go here at night because the lights are on and street performers are out. Sip a chilled sangria or just meander around the plaza. The color is rich and the atmosphere is alive. This is a must if you go to or through Madrid.
  • You have to do this food market, it's an icon of Madrid, despite being overcrowded at times and expensive. It's a tourist trap that also attracts lots of Spanish (locals?), set in a beautiful building. The cakes counters are not my taste (100% sugar) but the savoury produces are superb, charcuterie, olives, seafood, cold and hot, great quality. I feel compelled to take my guests there, year after year, and will do until I leave Madrid. A must!
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