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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“christmas market” (100 reviews)
“people watching” (315 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed yesterday

Plaza Mayor is the central plaza of Madrid. It's big, it's beautiful and it's historic! This wonderful main square boasts charming architecture, stylish boutiques and excellent outdoor cafes and bars under lovely porticoes. This cobblestone square is not only picturesque, but is one of the...More

Thank pmerten3
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is one of maxor attractions that you can see in your trip to Madrid...it is really good and if yiu can,you should go there

Thank Sandra j
Reviewed yesterday

It really is "the most beautiful square in Spain." There are cafes and traditional stores all around, and in late November, a vibrant Christmas market in the middle. Be careful in this area -- pickpockets abound and they are very good.

Thank Esther P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not my favorite plaza in Madrid. Went there to basically check the box. Lots of construction, therefore not much to see

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can enjoy walking, having a drink or eating in one of the bars and tabernas (tipical bars) surrounding or if you visit the city in Christmas time, the market is really nice

Thank Esther C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful! Such amazing architecture and such a lovely hustle and bustle atmosphere. The buildings are stunning with gorgeous arches and lots going on in the square with street entertainment, bars and cafes etc.

Thank Spicegirl32
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We met at plaza mayor multiple times for tours and it is just beautiful! The history behind this plaza is unbelievable. Make sure you learn about it prior or during a tour! There is plenty going on there right on the square, so you will...More

Thank tiffany330
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As the name suggests it is a huge square. At the time when I visited it a some kind of reconstruction was going on. It is a must visit attraction without being anything special. There a lot of gift shops around it.

Thank Leon A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent lunch by Opera on the outside pavement Staff supplied us with aperitif sorbets and post dinner drink Very reasonable too

Thank apmulcahy53
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Knew that this was a popular destination. When we visited, they were building the Christmas market stalls. Also we had buskers arguing about who should perform where. Add on the obligitory person trying to sell trash and a bunch of rowdy Englishmen “enjoying” the ambience...More

Thank Cymro-Welshman
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
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27 October 2017|
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Response from Oenedgar | Reviewed this property |
You might want to consider the Hotel Claridge 4*. It is a bit closer to the Prado and St. Jeranimos. All said, there a lots of churches and taxis are clean, plentiful and in expensive so you might also consider Hotel... More
5 September 2017|
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Response from Liz D | Reviewed this property |
Plaza Major is a square where you can eat/drink at various different bars/restaurants right in the middle of Madrid. There's so much to do near here I would definitely include it on any Madrid list
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4 April 2016|
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Response from jamescu | Reviewed this property |
A lovely square, can't comment on the prices. Walking distance to most places. Food will not be a problem, the metro is cheap and easy to use. Be aware of pick pocks the locals where there rucksacks to the front. Madrid is... More