Once the beating heart of the city’s cultural life, Plaza Mayor has played host to bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments, and even executions. Originally built outside the city walls, the square is now ringed with trendy shops, restaurants, and alfresco cafes, ideal for soaking up the atmosphere and watching the buzzing street life. The enormous square, which at its center features an iconic equestrian statue of King Phillip III, is easily accessible by one of many walkways connected to the surrounding pedestrian streets. At its northern end, the square is enclosed by a two-towered municipal building, housing an informative visitor center where you can pick up maps of the city and arrange for sightseeing tours in and around the historic district. Arrange to visit Plaza Mayor and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid road trip planning app.
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Tours to Plaza Mayor
$95 BOOK WITH VIATOR Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$88 BOOK WITH VIATOR Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$58 BOOK WITH VIATOR Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Madrid Private Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Plaza Mayor reviews
A great square with many restaurants and the best place to just sit and watch the world go by in style. Close to many sights so an easy break more »
Comes alive at night with musicians young and old enjoying meal or a drink Recommended Plenty of restaurants to choose from although you may find some of the guys trying to lure you in a little... more »
Beautiful square that you should visit when in Madrid. Shops and restaurants ring the square behind the arches. Admire the statue of Philip II in the center, but do not stop here to eat as all the restaurants are totally over priced and are typical tourist traps. Exit the square and wander around and you will almost immediately find good food at much more reasonable prices with better service. There is parking below the square if you are coming by car. Convenient but not cheap!
Awesome place. The oldest plaza in Madrid. The vibe is great. The multiple entrances will surely amaze you. Come here after the afternoon then you can get the best photo you like
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