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Plaza de la Villa

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Address: Distrito Centro, Madrid, Spain
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Quaint Square

I stumbled across this square by accident whilst looking for the Plaza Mayor. I was there early in the morning, so it was devoid of people. I can imagine it would be a great place... read more

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stumbled across this square by accident whilst looking for the Plaza Mayor. I was there early in the morning, so it was devoid of people. I can imagine it would be a great place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 917 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This square is very pretty and worth a short detour to visit. It does not seem to have the same number of touts as other nearby squares - maybe due to the government buildings and soldiers?

Thank sheepygold
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 624 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

My tour guide took me there. She was saying this is her favorite plaza in Madrid and most beautiful. There are some gov buildings and historical buildings as well. It was OK for me.

6 Thank j l
Roscommon, Michigan
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is the very center of Spain, all roads lead out of this Plaza very vibrant and full of people and things to see and do!

Thank Mike P
Naples, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Walking from the royal palace on the Via Calle mayor meet this beautiful square one of the palaces which was until a few years ago the seat of the town hall. Very beautiful, austere, overlooked by three buildings built in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth

Thank diporzio
Paris, France
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This pedestrian plaza is smaller and less touristy than others in Madrid. A couple of very old buildings have been reconstructed in their original style which gives the place a nice feel. No souvenir shops ;-)

1 Thank GlobetrottingSwede
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Probably the most neglected square in Madrid, but still beautiful. Located halfway between the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor, where you will come across this lovely square. It seems almost by chance that you got here. You can’t help but be fascinated. My advice is to come here and to learn about all the history that hides.

2 Thank Travelcooking
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

No shops, museums or restaurants drew me in to this small, three-sided pedestrian plaza by Calle Mayor. Instead, the beauty of the place stopped me in my tracks en route to the royal palace. As an architecture buff, I found the contrasting building styles appealing.and the lack of visitors during a busy tourist season a bonus. The three major buildings... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

Wandering through the streets of Madrid it is always a pleasure to come across an area of surprise. Walking along the Calle Mayor I stumbled across the Plaza de la Villa. This square – the Plaza de la Villa - is situated in the older part of Madrid and regarded as one of the prettiest squares. Small in size, it... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

The site of the former town hall, city prison and some of the oldest building buildings in Madrid. It is a picturesque Plaza that has a variety of building styles. In the center of the Plaza is a statue admiral Alvaro de Bazan who planned the Spanish Armada for invading England. The Plaza that has multiple building styles to see... 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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