Plaza Mayor
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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Sol
How to get there
  • Ópera • 5 min walk
  • Vodafone Sol • 5 min walk
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  • Martin C
    Sheffield, United Kingdom628 contributions
    Lived up to its billing
    Lived up to its billing. Beautiful and massive square that really took my breath away. It is a real tourist trap but you have to do it so enjoy. Very crowded during day and loads of restaurants, cafes etc plus entertainers. Bit like London Covent Garden. Very pretty at night when all lit up and particularly when the restaurants are shout and the crowds dispersed.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Nez D
    Huntington, New York902 contributions
    Good place to grab a drink
    While it's true that this place is a tourist trap, it's also a fantastic spot for people watching. Additionally, we found that no matter which direction we walked, we always ended up back at the Plaza. Although we didn't dine or drink at any of the establishments located there, it's worth considering paying the extra price for the privilege of being able to sit and watch the world go by.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • redhead_roaming
    Seattle, Washington2,919 contributions
    Not much happening but still nice
    We wandered through here on the evening of May 18th, 2022 (a Wednesday). I had written down that this was a popular place to go and it was really nice but not much was happening (considering it was only Wednesday, not terribly surprising). The buildings were quite nice, almost all of them being red, aside from the visitor's center, which had a beautiful tan facade. I'm sure on weekends and/or the summer, this place is more lively but for a non-summer non-weekend day, I would pass.
    Visited May 2022
    Written 21 April 2023
  • jess d
    New York City, New York12 contributions
    Chill and people watch
    Went during Holy Week time. But great spot to chill anytime of the year. Nice restaurant options although as a tourist just meeting with friends and taking pics was an event in its own lol. Great starting point I would say.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Mr_MrsBeckett
    Colne, United Kingdom1,508 contributions
    Lovely square and not pestered
    We wandered through this lovely square, did some shopping and ate at one of the restaurants. Not very expensive and I thought we would have our pants pulled down being in the main square but we weren't't. A few people playing instruments and a few beggars but we personally weren't pestered.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Mark L
    Evans, Georgia486 contributions
    Famous place to visit in Madrid
    This is a quintessential place to see in Madrid. It can be very busy in the day with tour groups etc. It use to have famous old bars and shops but it has become very touristy. Still you need to see it and spend 30 minutes or so. Lots of places to eat nearby and lots of shops to do your souvenir shopping done.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2023
  • DillonM1905
    Laramie, Wyoming433 contributions
    Madrid's Central Plaza
    This was a nice location we visited both on a busy crowded Sunday afternoon and on a deserted morning. Beautiful architecture and many opportunities to sit and eat or drink at cafes. We enjoyed walking through and down the local streets in the less crowded early morning hours.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Cherry_Wonderdog
    New England3,143 contributions
    Paw-some!
    What can Cherry Wonderdog say about Plaza Mayor that hasn’t been said by other travel critics? Perhaps in canine it would appear as “Sniff sniff Ah, Plaza Mayor was paw-some! From exploring new scents to wagging my tail at picturesque sights, it had my tail wagging with excitement. The barksome architecture and delicious scenery made me feel like a top dog. I give it five paws up! Woof woof!”
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Abdel Rahman Abdelhalim
    10 contributions
    Busy but Beautiful City Center
    Our tour guide took us for tapas and some beverages and honestly the place felt surreal. Although it is considered a tourist hub, the place was still enjoyable. I’m glad we followed the Madrid Trip Planners travel plan because it was relatively less crowded than expected. There are also some hidden gems that our trip planner Erkut introduced us to, which made the experience much much better. I would definitely recommend Erkut from Madrid Trip Planners for anyone wanting to enjoy their trip to its potential, he knows all the great tour guides.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,278 contributions
    Town square
    The Plaza Mayor or Town Square is an open public square in the centre of Madrid, Spain. It was first built in the fifteen century during the reign of Philip III. Today it is a popular place for tourist.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 July 2023
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We crisscrossed Plaza Mayor a few times as we wandered around Madrid. The plaza itself was huge and completely enclosed on all sides by apartments, which was an unusual feature. A large Christmas tree was still on display in January, a carryover from the annual Christmas Market.

No matter the day of the week there always seemed to be a good number of people out and about or seated outside one of the many cafes and restaurants. Quite a different from the plaza’s history during the Spanish Inquisition.

Sunday morning brought out a different crowd with sellers of coin, stamps and other types of collectible items. It was a nice change of scenery as we stopped to peruse at tables with unique items for sale.
Written 25 February 2024
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Terry C
Bicester, UK549 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Spent a wonderful couple of hours soaking up the atmosphere and beauty of this glorious square right in the heart of Madrid. Wonderful architecture and a great place to unwind and relax with a couple of drinks with friends.
Written 25 February 2024
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adhp02
Toronto, Canada124 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you are in Madrid. This is a worthwhile place to visit. Very busy with locals ans mostly locals. Lots to see with soecialty shops in area.
Written 16 February 2024
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK639 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful square with lovely architecture and lots going on. Great place to sit and people watch. Restaurants and bars around and down the streets just off the plaza. Just round the corner from the food market and lots of great places to eat.
Written 12 February 2024
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Kayla T.
Nashville, TN6 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Plaza Mayor, at the core of Madrid, is a charming square pulsating with history and energy. The uniform architecture and grandeur take you back to Spain’s Golden age. The lively atmosphere hosts diverse events and cultural celebrations, making it a dynamic hub. However be prepared for crowds and potential tourists traps in the surrounding eateries. Despite the occasional hustle, Plaza Mayor remains an essential visit for its historical allure and vibrant spirit.
Written 5 February 2024
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dominic l
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Not that special really but there are not too many historical buildings in Madrid to see so worth popping your head round
Written 4 February 2024
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ElleGee
United States61 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Like most touristy areas, the plaza can get very crowded; however, I recommend experiencing it at least once! There are times when performers are in the square, lots of music, and just an overall cheery vibe!
Written 30 January 2024
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Sara M
Australia9 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Wonderful Plaza with lots of tables and chairs. Beautiful artwork on the buildings. Worth the short walk from Plaza del Sol.
Written 25 January 2024
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,618 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
You should see the Plaza because it is the main square in Madrid; however, it is very touristy, and the restaurants around the perimeter should be avoided except for coffee. You can also find many characters there who will take a picture with you for tips. It's like Times Square without the lights!
Written 24 January 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,310 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Plaza Mayor is a major town square in Madrid.

It was first built in 1580–1619.

It was remodelled in 1617. The Plaza has suffered 3 major fires in its history.

There are ten entrances to choose.

Its a lively square containing cafes, bars and restaurants.
Written 24 January 2024
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