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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed today

It is just wonderful to go for a walk there and expend some time while visiting Madrid. The architecture is so aunthentic

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Reviewed yesterday

A lovely place to sit, with a drink and watch the world go by. Busy at any time of day, looks stunning in the evening too, with tourists, teeming bars and cafes, plus street sellers to keep the casual observer amused.

Thank Jimmyleam
Reviewed yesterday

It’s a beautiful square, not tremendously old but quite charming, with several buildings that have undergone multiple resurrections through various fires. Surrounded by a portico along all his sides, that allow strolling even while its raining, it keeps its charm even withe restaurants that spread...More

Thank Giorgio G
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are in Madrid you must go see Plaza Mayor. A historic square surrounded by beautiful architecture and outdoor dining. Grab a table on the edge of the plaza and enjoy a meal or drink while you watch the people pass by.

Thank ArizonaJT
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is the iconic centre of Madrid. It’s definitely worth visiting, but like any iconic centre, is a victim of its popularity. Busy, with too many people trying to flog tatty souvenirs, you’ll describe the Plaza to friends as great - but try to block...More

Thank AnInspectorCalls_Rob
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an impressive large pedestrianised city square. Beautiful architecture, lots of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Atmospheric

Thank John A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Plaza mayor is a must when visiting Madrid. It has an amazing history which you can see at the Madrid museum. Always a good place to people watch. We stop for a drink here everyday and enjoy the sights in the plaza.

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots of choices great ambiance If you do not know your paella here is here to start On the right hand side of the square is a restaurant that lays out lots of combinations and the staff are helpful in choosing Just the way to...More

Thank andrew_pettigrew
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love this place. It is beautiful, central and totally worth a visit. What we did not like was the constant interruptions by street sellers and beggers. Grab a cheap and cheerful calamari sandwich on one of the side entrances (Ideal was our favorite). It is...More

Thank Polly L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of restaurants and buskers, Get an outside table and just enjoy a Sangtia and reasonably priced meal at most restaurants.

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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
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25 September 2018|
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Response from Alfredo G | Reviewed this property |
Hope you enjoy it They are very close any way Plaza Mayor is the square one with no transit Sol is the center of Madrid and subway station is Sol
Sandra W
12 August 2018|
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Response from fargofotos | Reviewed this property |
Looks like this one takes place in May, 6-15th. I’m sure there are many more throughout the year. Fiesta de San Isidro : May 6-15th.
Mary B
10 April 2018|
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Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Where to stay is a tough question. There's such a variety of accommodation in all the European cities. Your best bet is to use one of the sites that shows prices and locations on a map, put in your criteria, and see what... More