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Plaza Mayor

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Address: C/Gerona, 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Drinking
Description: Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
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Great spot - day and night

This is the place to be day and night, centrally located. Plenty of great eats or just a local hangout spot. Centrally located just a few mins from the Royal Palace and Puerta del... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I didn't really get why this was supposed to be such a hotspot and why there were sooo many tourists standing around. It was just a square where four buildings meet - no big deal. We went and it was nice, but nothing to write home about.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We were just wandering about the centre of Madrid and we came across this plaza by accident, because it's not on any main road. There were interesting side streets leading to and from it with interesting old buildings and restaurants. The plaza isn't as big as you'd think.

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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is the place to be day and night, centrally located. Plenty of great eats or just a local hangout spot. Centrally located just a few mins from the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We stayed in an apartment a block from the Plaza Mayor during a recent trip to Madrid. It is a very touristy area that would be on my short list to avoid were it not for its central location and its historical significance. There are also some good places to visit that are interesting and not terribly touristy if you... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I am always amazed with I stumble upon a plaza like this. I didn't eat or drink anything here because it just wasn't the right time of day. Make it part of your walking tour of Madrid.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We wandered in during one of the many 'cultural treks' my friend insisted on. I'm afraid I found it very mediocre. Luke-warm coffee at E2.80? The architecture was 'OK', nothing really special.

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Rocky Mountains, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

While not a destination by itself, it is worth visiting while walking around Centro Madrid. The buildings are beautiful to see, and there are many interesting street artists in the plaza. During the holidays, there were many booths set up to gawk at, but not much of real interest to buy. (Not very high quality goods.) It attracts many locals,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's very expensive to eat and drink here It's quite shocking when you research what actually happened here Historic but gory It's a nice way to spend a day and look out for the street artists. Spider man is a hoot

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

What I enjoy about the Plaza Mayor is its very symmetrical architecture that gives the plaza a beauty that few other plazas in Spain has. It is also a historical place where many important events in the history of Madrid took place. There is a very good shop that sells silk shawls.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Interesting buildings, so so tourist information centre, several live statues to entertain but while historic, we felt it was only worth 15 minutes- the cafes and shops are bound to be a rip-off. Sorry but there is so much to see in Madrid we recommend not expecting too much from this square. The adjacent side streets are far more interesting,... More 

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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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