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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
Fee: No

Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.

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Nice architecture and various cafes to try

There on a busy Sunday with many people in the Plaza but no issue due to its large size. Beautiful buildings border the plaza, and inside the plaza​ are many​ bars & cafes... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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198 reviews
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Reviewed today NEW via mobile

There on a busy Sunday with many people in the Plaza but no issue due to its large size. Beautiful buildings border the plaza, and inside the plaza​ are many​ bars & cafes including terrace seating. There is a helpful tourist office there, and the lady who served me was very helpful with advice & in creating a lovely day... More 

Thank 188petere
Gibraltar, Europe
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A must do for all visitors to Madrid, full of history and character, with many bars around the area to enjoy the famous tapas.

Thank Jose T
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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29 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the most touristic spot in Madrid. The Plaza can be extremely busy and probably can be visited best early in the day. There will be less tourists and people roaming around wanting something of them.

Thank Bob K
Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the main plazas in Madrid where the major activities happen. Next to Mercado San Miguel which is a must try. Don't get caught up in the outdoor restaurants for eating. Just maybe an appetizer and definitely a drink to sit and people watch. Its a beautiful plaza! Don't drink the sangria there... but definitely visit it.

Thank fernandezani
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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We did eat here as well. But it's just a fun place to grab a coffee or drink, sit and watch all that happens. Busy, energetic and fun. We were there on a hot nite, so could sit outside along time.

Thank Hafkiwi
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5 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's great to see as you pass through but most of the restaurants and entertainment offered are tourist traps and not really reflective of the rest of the city. Head to the market ~ 1 block away for much better food.

Thank Matt A
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

one of the joys of spain, sitting in major squares good food and drink. this is one one of the best, easy to get too interesting tapas bars and restaurants

1 Thank rayfreer31
Chorley, United Kingdom
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A must visit and if you have the time , and money!, worth stopping and having a delightful glass of beer or Tinto Verano and just watch people walk by. Watch out for the street sellers though.

Thank Malcolm A
Brooklyn Heights, NY
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Plaza mayor is the vibrant home to a well-staffed information bureau, many restaurants with table service in the plaza and street performers. Children can be entertained by clever performers -- the only charge is voluntary tips -- while parents can enjoy a glass of wine, a cup of coffee and a full meal or simple pastry.And the Plaza is... More 

1 Thank Larry C
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Spent a pleasant afternoon watching the couples getting married in the main square - a real insight to Spanish culture

1 Thank Jayne M

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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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