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Address: Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.

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Amazing square to visit. You will see tour guides offering free walking tour. I took one and it was very good. Make sure to tip :) when you visit there, try calamari sandwich... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Christmas market was bustling. With a guide, you will receive a good history of the square including the clock and the barometer

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited this place in the afternoon and found it lively. The place looked ready for Christmas. There were little shops selling christmas items and the place wore a festive look. The sweetened dry fruits and other eatable items were inviting. By evening the place became even more lively. Loved it 👍👍🎊🎉🎊🎉

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing square to visit. You will see tour guides offering free walking tour. I took one and it was very good. Make sure to tip :) when you visit there, try calamari sandwich, walk in the La Latina neighborhood, go to San Miguel market. You won't repent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great square in the centre of Madrid to visit the Christmas Markets, lots of stalls but selling the same stuff. The square is lovely and has great history.

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Leland, NC
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First, the plaza is beautiful. A lot of nice shops and Mercados. The plaza is also full of aggressive street performers. I don't enjoy being hammered for money, circus acts, or the constant threat of pickpockets. We enjoyed the area around the Prado much more. If time allows, I highly recommend day trips to Toledo and Segovia by high speed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went as it was in the guided tour, the weather was exceptional for November (very sunny and warm), and we basically found that we couldn't find a table, so we might have missed the purpose of the sight, but basically it's a place getting ready to display a number of Christmas boots, with out crowded eating and beer places....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Rich in architecture and history! Also there's lots of restaurant where you can chill and have a glass of sangria :)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A tourist gathering spot but with plenty of restaurants and tapas bars close by. Good place to start looking for souvenirs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is very touristy. It's safe, lots of things to look at and lots of restaurants around, although I'd say go down one of the side streets away from the main Plaza to find good food at a decent price.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a busy place with a lot of tourists and shops. Beware of the pickpocketers. Good place to buy those souvenirs.

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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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