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Plaza Mayor

C/Gerona, 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
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As featured in 3 days in Madrid
Ranked #35 of 439 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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Richmond, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited Plaza Mayor daily for 5 days while we stayed in a nearby rental apartment. It is a large public square with restaurants and souvenir shops lining all 4 walls. There are high walls all around with what looks like apartments above all the shops. In the centre of the square is a famous statue of a horse with... More

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New York City, New York
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was a great place to visit filled with little shops, cafes, alleys, and street performers. Very entertaining. Please be weary of your wallets and purses - my friend got her wallet taken out of her purse - she didn't feel a thing - they are professionals ... and they lurk, and prey on visitors in large spaces like this... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Plaza Mayor isn't incredible, in and of itself. It's filled with entertainment and restaurants, and surrounded by bars, restaurants, shopping, etc. I would suggest taking an evening to walk around the area. Find a good restaurant, visit a bar or two, and end the night with ice cream.

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Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Just a short stroll from Puerta del Sol. You will see Plaza Mayor. When I got into plaza Mayor, I can see this splendid architecure, it must be full of history. Later I find out this plaza has been used as a market, for bullfights, and even public executions during the Spanish Inquisition. The bronze statue of King Philip III... More

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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We walked there from our hotel, the walk was nice as it was scenic and amusing (locals and tourists are full of life) during our visit a lot of buildings were under renovation, but that did not mask the beauty of the facade. A lot of cafés and restaurants there.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Nice place to chill out and have a drink. Very touristy but great to watch people from the terraces.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

There always seems to be something going in the Plaza. There are lots of Restaurants and the buildings are spectacular. You cannot visit Madrid without coming to the Plaza Mayor.

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Portsmouth
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

After wondering around for somewhere to eat we quickly realised that the restaurants all have people calling you over to sit in their eatery. Once you have sat down they almost do not care about you as they are back trying to get more people in. €15 for a oven baked pizza that was clearly from a supermarket. €5 for... More

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Valletta, Malta
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It is just a square. Nothing special, especially the surrounding buildings since they are not well kept. I was very unimpressed - it is messy and several people were sleeping on the floor. I expected more. It is near Puerta del Sol, around 5 minutes by foot.

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Marsascala, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Walk with the flow of people in the Madrid streets, and you will inevitable stumble across Plaza Mayor. We visited during the Christmas holidays, and it was magnificently decorated with stalls and entertainment all round the Plaza. It's not just for shopping however, pop by the tourist information office and ask for one of the walking tours and the guide... More

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