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- 98%Local Culture
- 95%History Buffs
- 73%Art & Design Lovers
- 62%Nightlife Lovers
- 59%Family Travelers
- 56%Business Travelers
- 56%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (117)
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 05, 2012
On any given day, Plaza Mayor is full of tourists. This is one of the main plazas in the city where many celebrations are held. Built in the 1600s under Hapsburg rule and rebuilt after a few fires, the plaza has been home to bull fights, coronations, and executions. Today, the square is home to many tourists with local restaurants, shops, and bars nearby. Be weary of the street performers. They have a strange sense of humor. They also might be pick pockets in disguise too. Great for people watching, but beware of the birds which inhabit the rooftops.
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
Plaza Mayor is simply beautiful. The first time I saw it I came from the arch passage on one side. It is so tidy with all those facades, perfectly kept. But it is also messy and crowded, full, alive... As only the most famous plaza of Spain could be.
- Plaza MayorJul 05, 2012
The shops and restaurants lining the square are mostly outrageously priced, but most places will give you free tap water on a hot day! As touristy as it is, the architecture and artwork of the building facades is definitely worth seeing, and there are usually great street preformers inside the plaza! There is also an open market here sometimes, but it seemed to always be just closing up whenever I was here.
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
Plaza Mayor is a large cobbelstone square of great historic importance and even greater importance when it comes to food and drink. The plaza is a marker and constant meet-up point and surrounding the square you will find restaurants with outside table and umbrellas, small bars and tapas restaurants, and several wine bars. The streets branch out in four directions from the plaza, wandering down each can reveal a new set of bars and places to stop in for a snack. This is a central part of Madrid and even if you are in the city only for a day, this is a must see.
- Plaza MayorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
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.
- Plaza MayorJul 04, 2012
Great place to people watch in the spring, and very atmospheric during the Christmas season when they have the stalls selling Christmas goodies. Some of the best bodegas are here, not to mention El Botin, the oldest continuous running restaurant in Europe(maybe the world); the food is excellent at El Botin, and the lamb great!