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Plaza Mayor

Southwest of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid 28013 Spain
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  • Plaza MayorPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    5 Jun 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.

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    Kendall Ramirez
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    4 Jun 05, 2014

    Beautiful, open square in the middle of the busy, city streets. A great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and absorb some of the local culture.

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    Eric Brink
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    4 May 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.

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    Stuart Scott
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    3 Mar 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

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    Scott Hampton (@danielodyssey1)
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    4 Mar 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.

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    Laurel W
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    3 Jan 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.

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    Todd Bouwkamp
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    4 Dec 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.

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  • Plaza Mayor
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Nov 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 square

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    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    3 Oct 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.

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    Rachel Greene
    3 Oct 20, 2013

    I saw Plaza Mayor in the dark... while mostly drunk, so I can't say much other than that it was pretty at night and had some cool architecture, but it was VERY quiet (surprisingly so) for a major area.

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    Carmen T
    5 Sep 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.

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    Eduardo Sasso
    4 Sep 07, 2013

    Nice place to stop by and see people walking around. For me it was really interesting to see this place because its basically a huge squared place with no trees, no nature at all, just pure concrete.

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  • Plaza MayorPro 2014
    ana rita bras
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    5 Aug 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.

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    Taylor Record
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    4 May 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!

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    Aliki Kostopoulou
    3 Jan 29, 2013

    You can't escape from visiting this popular site of Madrid...Just be sure not to buy any souvenirs from there, only one block further away you will find them in half price...

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jan 16, 2013

    Another great plaza to spend some time just watching the people. They have concerts here and there is always someone playing music around also.

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    Cristiano Pivato
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    3 Jan 13, 2013

    Non potete perdere le esibizione dello Spiderman ciccione in una delle piazze più caratteristiche di Madrid

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    Melissa Smart
    3 Nov 01, 2012

    Fun to sit down and have a coffee, relax and people watch. I would not eat at any of the restaurants however because they will charge you a premium price, but to grab a drink and enjoy the atmosphere was nice.

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    Shane aka Kau Kau Hotel
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    2 Sep 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."

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    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Sep 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.

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Popular with tourists and locals alike, this pretty central square is a favorite for admiring the architecture, having a cup of coffee, and shopping. In the past, Plaza Mayor has been the stage for various events such as bullfights, soccer games, and public executions.

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