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Plaza Mayor

C/Gerona, 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
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Ranked #42 of 515 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Dining, Drinking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Very historic small around 35 min walking area ,beautiful place for small walk , have great taste food specially tapas , numbers of restaurants are there.but little bit expensive .to explore culture and people movement is interesting .

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kent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The scaffolding there at the moment detracts from the spectacle a bit. And the quality of food we had there wasn’t great or cheap. But I suppose you have to see the plaza if you’ve enough time.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Plaza had a lot of cheap souvenir shops, homeless people and it was somewhat dirty. The buildings that surround the plaza were under renovation so it really lacked the charm we had expected. The area around it was very nice with better shops and eateries, especially the Mercado San Miguel.

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singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Plaza Mayor is a lively and tourist square in city centre and is a must visit if u are in Madrid. Has a theatrical feel and u can take good panoramic photos too. i would recommend going at times when its not very crowded with tourist groups. Nearby there are many restaurants and tapas bars and i recommend "los alpes"... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a huge plaza in the heart of Madrid! Lots of street artist show up in costume to have you take a photo with them (and tip them a euro). Love the energy! This place has a lot of things in its favor... Music...street artists...outdoor cafes...people watching!!!!! You cannot say you have been to Madrid without visiting "Plaza Mayor"....

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

If you are in Madrid you need to stop by the plaza mayor. it is walking distance from Plaza de Espana and the Royal Palace. The streets leading to the square are full of shops and bars, so it is a good meeting point if meeting other friends.

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Plaza Mayor is a beautiful place with lots of history, a lot of tourist shops but intermixed are restaurants and some quality establishments. You often see street statues which are wonderful these are people who decorate themselves and become statues if you take a picture of them then you should throw some money in the hat!!! It is a great... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

While it is slightly overrated, the square has a good bunch of restaurants and tiny shops that you can wander through. The walls of surrounding building in their bright red and the cobbled square offer a nice old school feel and it is great for people watching and listening to street musicians. Don't mind if a waiter tells you smoking... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Quite a nice place but can be very touristy. The restaurants in the area are quite expensive as it is a typical tourist trap. Nevertheless, depending on your budget eating there or having a drink can be quite memorable experience.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The grand arched square of Madrid, that was known as the Plaza del Arrabal (Outskirts), had many uses since the sixteenth century, but mainly it was the main market of the town. Today, besides the monuments and architecture, the plaza has many places to have something to eat and drink, not only inside the square, but also in the surrounding... More

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