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Plaza Mayor

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Address: Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.

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A must see but not the end all

During the warmer months it's great to sit around and have a cup of coffee or a meal. Because you're in a tourist center, the prices will be higher but it's lovely to see. There... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plaza Mayor sits in the center of Madrid and is a super touristy place, but don’t let that stop you from visiting. (Psssst...and just to let you know, WE’RE ALL TOURISTS!) The architecture has a unifying similar look, which is quite calming and a perfect backdrop for people watching. It is the work of architect Juan de Villanueva who rebuilt... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

During the warmer months it's great to sit around and have a cup of coffee or a meal. Because you're in a tourist center, the prices will be higher but it's lovely to see. There are a lot of restaurants but make sure you poke around some of the smaller side streets if you're on a budget.

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Drogheda, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful square, take the time to chill here and soak up the atmosphere before moving on to the next adventure.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go on a weekday if you can. Weekends bring loads of tourists and locals so difficult to move. It's also next to La Latina where you'll find the best tapas in Madrid (the Malasaña district is excellent too). The Plaza is beautiful, but also worth remembering that during the Spanish Inquisition it was a place of public hangings, torture and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent the majority of our day in the square people watching and drinking in the bars. We met our free guided tour here which was very easy and then returned later for lunch. I can honestly say it was the best paella I've had in Spain and the drinks were great too. Yes it's slightly expensive but what do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Third or fourth visit for me to plaza mayor and it doesn't fail to be a pleasant experience. Walking around soaking up the vibe and stopping in the local bars for a drink is a nice way to spend an evening.

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Goiania, GO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is not as famous as Times Square or Picadilly Circus or Place de la Concord. But it is Plaza Mayor at Madrid. It has its own beauty and recalls its history and past.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful buildings but unfortunately the statue in the centre was surrounded by scaffolding so we couldn't see it. I best it is impressive when the scaffolding has gone tho!

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Kiev, Ukraine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's the plaza Mayor! You have to visit and sit and have a drink to watch the crowds and listen to the accordions and guitars. It was surprisingly reasonable for a drink. (But we were here in Feb which is off season)

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just a short walk from the Westin Palace hotel. We enjoyed a beer and olives sitting at an outdoor restaurant at the Plaza Mayor. The street performers were interesting and the people watching was fun! It was our first time in Madrid and we were a bit jet lagged, so finding a place to sit and relax for a while... More 

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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