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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 yesterday

Great place to visit during the day and evenings, interesting shops and stalls, good atmosphere, some great photo opportunities

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jonahcardiff
Reviewed yesterday

This "elevated" plaza is a great spot for watching people and appreciating the architectures. We went there both day and night. They're different. Specially in Christmas time...I know many of you would go thru this plaza to get to somewhere, San Miguel, Gran Via, Sol...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HeaveNEarth
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited while the Plaza was decorate for Christmas. There were many vendors (all with similar) items. It was a interesting Plaza to walk through getting ready for the holidays.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank honeypup
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is just a square/plaza with lots of shops and restaurants geared toward tourist. Nothing really special or different from any other plazas.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TerenceT
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the Plaza area twice while in Madrid. They had several Christmas vendors set up for the holiday and huge Christmas tree in the center of the plaza. It was always very crowded and there are several restaurants in the vicinity.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EdmondOKBeachLover
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visit by all means - I know many people will likely be pissed off at me for saying this, but it is nothing fantastic. A big square with a famous statue, many restaurants that are ok (not great) and lot of people. Fun place to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peku K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The plaza is covers in Christmas life as well as a market the lights are done so well and the spirit is amazing of all the people starting to celebrate the season

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank C824FFmarkj
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited in a national holiday while a cheap and tacky xmas market was occupying most of its space. Interesting layout surrounded by well kept buildings and all kinds of touristy restaurants bars and cafes .. Its 9 entrances / exits spread around its rectilinear shape...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gr_hopper
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We passed through Plaza Mayor on the Friday afternoon of the Constitution day weekend when the christmas market was on. I kid you not Times Sq N.Y. was less congested. Nice christmas tree but that was all we could see. We basically had to turn...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sfc456
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I spent 6 hours wandering the shops spending money, eating Tapas and drinking Sangria. The sights and sounds were astonishing. The people were friendly, except the French and German who were a little irritating, but the Spaniards made up for it in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fred P
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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