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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

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#2 of 116 in Historic Sites in Madrid
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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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  • This is one of Madrid's several amazing, classical shopping and dining plazas. It is a place to take in some incredible architecture as well as browse through some really great restaurants and shops.....  more
    This is one of Madrid's several amazing, classical shopping and dining plazas. It is a place to take in some incredible architecture as well as browse through some really great restaurants and shops.....  more »
  • In the very centre of Madrid there is this amazing old square. The buildings (specially the main one) is beautifully decorated. Although at the moment they are building up some Christmas decorations.....  more
    In the very centre of Madrid there is this amazing old square. The buildings (specially the main one) is beautifully decorated. Although at the moment they are building up some Christmas decorations.....  more »
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  • Amazing square with magic atmosphere. Great architecture in the heart of the city. Has many exits/enters and beautiful at any time of the day. In the evening becomes crowded. Wonderful place to have dinner.
  • Iconic square near my hostel, one of the most famous squares in Europe. I went when there was a Christmas market, and while it was a nice cultural experience as it was my first Christmas market, the merchandise was quite mid. Love the location and proximity to other famous places.

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