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Plaza de la Villa

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Address: Distrito Centro, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 588 2908
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i think this is the loveliest square in madrid, with wonderful early modern (16th-17th century) architecture. just really pretty. plaza mayor is wonderful, and majestic, but this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

i think this is the loveliest square in madrid, with wonderful early modern (16th-17th century) architecture. just really pretty. plaza mayor is wonderful, and majestic, but this is unencumbered by the rampant tourism that hampers enjoyment of mayor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

One of the oldest in town judging by beautiful buildings from which this square is surrounded, "Plaza de la Villa" located in the heart of the city between the Plaza Major and the Almudena Cathedral, is almost an obligation to go here to see this architectural spectacle .  

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

On Calle Mayor almost hidden away is the very endearing Plaza de la Villa which houses the former governmental building of the middle ages and Casa de la Villa which was once a prison and Town Hall for the City of Madrid, also there is Casa de los Lujanes. Easy overlooked but worth finding this beautiful sqaure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A short walk from Plaza mayor is the often overlooked Plaza de la Villa, home to some of Madrid's oldest surviving buildings, some dating back to the 15th century. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

When I walked into this square I felt like I had taken a step back in time. The square is surrounded on three sides by the old city hall and two mansions, the fourth side being a street. It is great to see the architecture and to feel like you are in a different place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Casa de la Villa is the former Town Hall of Madrid, located at the picturesque Plaza de la Villa, near Plaza Mayor. Plaza de la Villa is constructed in the 15th century and is the oldest square in Madrid. At that time it was the central square of the tiny Castilian village. Casa de la Villa was built between... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Plaza de la Villa is the oldest square in Madrid. When you walk from Plaza Mayor through Calle Mayor towards the Royal Palace, the quiet Plaza de la Villa is on the left side. The oldest house of Madrid, the Torre de los Lujanos is built in the 15th century at this square. At that time the Plaza de la... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Unfortunatly like most of Madrid they try to clean everthing but the idiots / or whomever spoil everthing by urinating in every spot you walk past and the other effects of too much beer etc . Shame really. Plus the amount of beggers etc trying to get money from you doesn.t Help. I really thing Madrid should get a grip... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Another pretty little plaza that's worth visiting as you wander through central Madrid. There's some history associated with this plaza and it might be worth trying to overhear a tour leader if you're interested.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Rich in history - the original town hall, the oldest building in Madrid with little alleyways leading off to other interesting stores and tapas bars - a historical must see

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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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