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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 2 days ago

We went to and through this plaza many times and always enjoyed the crowds and events. Happened upon a religious celebration one Friday and the place was standing room only. Several restaurants around the sides, one called Eboli, didn't try it just because of the...More

Thank DanandCollette
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not much to see inside the Plaza but picked up a map at the tourist office. Went next door to have lunch at the Mercado but it was so crowded there wasn't even anywhere to sit. We found a little outdoor cafe nearby. The waiter...More

Thank Breadhead_12
Reviewed 3 days ago

The square is beautiful and surrounded by countless bars and restaurants. There are streets full of shopping near by as well as a great market. There is construction going on right now, so you can not view as much of the square as normal, but...More

Thank KrisBK
Reviewed 3 days ago

Include Plaza Mayor on your list of places to see in that it is a huge plaza. It seems to be one of the bigger plazas we've seen. The plaza has several cafes with seating right on the plaza. There are also lots of shops.

Thank jcmiii3
Reviewed 4 days ago

I suspect when the sun is out and the tables are full this would be a fun place for a drink.. still , one of the great landmarks in the city... Worth a few pics...There is some remodeling/restoration being done but still nice...

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 4 days ago

this is a real taste of Madrid lots of places to eat while you soak up the architecture and atmosphere of this beautiful city.

Thank michaeleaston90
Reviewed 4 days ago

A must see as it is one of the most impressive architectural site in Madrid. A severe square that does not invite lingering after one has spent a little time enjoying its grandiose proportions and the uniformity of the buildings framing it. There is an...More

Thank mireio75
Reviewed 4 days ago

Marvel in the beautiful historical architecture and enjoy some delightful tapas in many of the excellent restaurants. Prices are ok as long as you don't get too stuck in. next door to the indoor market so snacking is best!

Thank Will1069
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Easy to find,filled with many, many tourist,plenty of eateries with outdoor seating,souvenir shops all over,in my opinion it is a tourist trap,but worth a glance while in madrid

Thank Marcos M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Taste of Spain 🇪🇸, either at the Morning or at night, it is a nice historical place to visit, artists are there to draw a caricature for you, a bundle of pleasant restaurants and cafes, you can also buy souvenirs from there

Thank NadierMady
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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
9 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