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- 98%Local Culture
- 95%History Buffs
- 75%Art & Design Lovers
- 59%Nightlife Lovers
- 56%Family Travelers
- 55%Budget Travelers
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- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 18, 2014
Plaza Mayor was, to me, the most impressive square in Madrid. The plaza is essentially the courtyard of a red palace where several different streets come together. From the center point you can look through the archways and see down each street for quite a ways.Recommended for:
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6May 12, 2014
Gayle was a Nanny in Madrid around 35 years ago and one of the first things she wanted to do when returning to Spain was to hang out and have a drink at the Plaza Mayor. We arrived in Madrid late on a recent Monday afternoon and of course it was way too soon for our eventual 9 PM dinner (early by Spanish standards).
Patio restaurants ring the Plaza and a series of "barkers" encourage you to come hither, have a seat, and pay a premium for the atmosphere. A large, fresh, warm, and delicious potato omelet plus 2 large beers cost about $37 at Bar Tinto, and in many ways it was well worth it for the Plaza atmosphere, the people watching, and a chance to relax after a long travel day. Gayle also relished the chance to try out here "bright 4 year-old" Spanish. Plus it was a glorious and warm October day and our upcoming 2 week Iberian Holiday was ahead of us with great promise.Recommended for:
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 3Mar 19, 2014
Historic square in the centre of Madrid, that was apparently the place of execution of heretics in olden times. Nowadays contains some expensive looking cafes and the main tourist information office for the city
- Plaza MayorAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Mar 11, 2014
Whether day or night, Plaza Mayor is lively and filled with delightful people and blissful interaction. As you walk through one of the archways prepare to observe wide eye opening architecture with ground floor boutique shops and some of Madrid's fancier selection of restaurants perfect for people watching.Recommended for:
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversJan 24, 2014
Plaza Mayor is a central plaza in the city. It is ringed by traditional shops and cafes. But the main reason to go is to people watch. People criss-cross through the square while others linger to shop or eat, and if you look up, you'll see people standing on the balconies.Recommended for:
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesNightlife LoversTrendstersDec 22, 2013
A must see on any trip to Madrid! Catch lunch or dinner at one of many sidewalk patio restaurants. During my Christmas visit the plaza was converted to a Christmas market where you could buy toys, ornaments etc.
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 12, 2013
Lovely public square surrounded by pretty buildings, and with plenty of outdoor cafes that offer great opportunities to people watch. I especially like the ornate ironwork that can be seen on many of the balconies facing the squareRecommended for:
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 24, 2013
Plaza Mayor is in the heart of old Madrid.
I love that there are tons of cafe's and restaurants here that allow you to witness the parade of characters passing by.
Avoid eating in the area,the food is mediocre and expensive.Recommended for:
- Plaza MayorSep 12, 2013
Our apartment is located just by this porticoed square which lies at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid (Madrid de Los Austrias), the old part of the city and one of its most charming districts.
There you can see La Casa de la Panaderia, el Arco de los Cuchillerosand the statue of Phillip III.
The most typical Madrid attractions are concentrated around the Plaza Mayor in the "Austrias" neighborhood. Discover Madrid food at classic restaurants like El Botín or Casa Lucío, see flamenco at any number of nearby venues, or get a glass of sherry on the ever more hip Cava Baja street where locales old and new bustle all nights of the week. Los Austrias is a great neighborhood to amble along old winding streets and lose yourself in historic Madrid.
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Aug 29, 2013
One of the main squares of the city, is really charming, and where all major celebrations happen. Just loved to "get myself lost" in the streets around this area.Recommended for:
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4May 10, 2013
Plaza Mayor is classic Madrid. The rectangular plaza is embraced by three-story high residential buildings built during the Harsburg period. Though the plaza gets packed out with entrepreneurs with Mickey Mouse and Hulk costumes, if you can manage to avoid the typical tourist traps, the plaza really is a spectacular creation to look at. Not to mention it's super convenient location in the city center makes it a perfect jumping point for other city sightseeing!
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 20, 2012
Worth a walk-thru but move quickly. While a striking structure, its fraying around the edges and has way too many street performers and hawkers - unless you are looking to led helicopter toys and noice making "Grills."
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Sep 09, 2012
The Plaza Mayor was built in the early 17th century when the Hapsburgs were running the country. In middle of the square is an equestrian statue of Philip III, who was the Spanish King when the Plaza was built. It was the site of bullfights and proclamations from the later, Bourbon Kings.