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Plaza Mayor

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Address: Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.

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Lovely square

This is a lovely square in the city centre. Very large and features some events. There square is surrounded by many shops, bars and restaurants and is a real spectacle. Good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The prices on the many terraces are not cheap, but there is no better place to sit, relax and enjoy... Watch the many artists/entertainers and most of all:"Try having a drink somewhere inside(standing! at the bar )and you might be surprised..." We got a nice cold beer and a tapa for €0.90...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

has a nice painted wall on one side, but apart from that its not a breathtaking plaza, but full of outdoor restarants and coffee shops

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The standard of eateries are not comparable to other famous Plazas in Spain such as Cordoba, Segovia and Seville.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

during December and the beginnig of Jan. there were kiosk of different things pertaining the Xmas season also other vendors and there was always people gathering there,then eve of the eve of the new Year there was typical live music from the Mayors balcony then at New years is were the big gathering and the big ball of the end... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Plaza Mayor is a must see of Madrid. It is a beautiful space and at Christmas has small markets worth visiting. As we visited in January there was not quite so much to see but a nice sunny spot can always be found for coffee. some of the best restaurants are outside of the square so make sure you check... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely square in the city centre. Very large and features some events. There square is surrounded by many shops, bars and restaurants and is a real spectacle. Good place to visit and see the beauty of the square and some people watching at the same time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Old Plaza but fantastic view of the surroundings. Still a mark of the city to visit. Must go and try to see the restaurants and market around the block.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pleasant enough tourist location with some lovely architecture and an interesting history. We were advised cafes were expensive. On a Sunday it had a collectors market

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I came through the Plaza Mayor while wandering about the city. It's a nice spot to stop, have a coffee or drink and a treat. The cafes all have tourist prices and the food is average, but even in winter they have heaters and blankets outside so it's a lovely place to relax and watch the people go by. There... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive and nice stadium. Interesting to visit even is you are not a football lover.we visit it in december so no need to book tickets beforehand because there are no long waiting lines. There is a very interesting football museum with lots of interesting artefacts such as trophees etc

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Staying in Centro

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Centro
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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