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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed today via mobile

A boccadillo is a bun/bread roll and shops just off Plaza Mayor is a good place to get one. There are many fillings but the traditional one here is calamares (fried calamari rings). Yum!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Aussie_Mum_with_Teen
Reviewed yesterday

Large square, surrounded by the Mayor's office, lots of apartments and cafes. A number of fairly aggressive street performers and vendors can make the experience a little annoying, but if you can ignore them you can have a nice snack and enjoy the people watching.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MichaelCroy
Reviewed yesterday

We passed through the square a couple of times on which both occasions there was an eclectic mix of locals, traders, entertainers and tourists of all nationalities. The locals sit chatting perhaps being a little guilty of forgetting where they are whilst the tourists admire...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pff965
Reviewed 2 days ago

How can you not go here, it's yet another lovely Placa in Spain. Near the Placa Sol and nice eateries

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Terry W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Don't bother... Seriously. Yes, the architecture is interesting but it's like a crappy weekend markets with buskers and people harassing you for money. Seriously, if you are going, 10 minutes is enough time to absorb the atmosphere.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mattbY9092BN
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This Plaza was disgusting. Heaps of people selling fake merchandise, and coming up to you and yelling at you to buy their crap. What's with the human goats...so creepy. Why do you deserve my money?! All they do is sit there very still and put...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BananaEggPie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Such a large & lovely Plaza in which time joy some space, restaurants & simply soak in the atmosphere. You may even grab a bargain from the “fake” handbag and show sellers!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 677kymc
Reviewed 2 days ago

Especially during the night is dreaming! Seeing all the restaurants around you and thinking that they have been there for many years it makes you appreciate the place more!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank angelopoupazi
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is no doubt that Plaza Mayor is beautiful. The classic architecture and the spacious square make it an ideal place to spend a Spring morning, sitting on one of the many "terrazas" enjoying a relaxing cafe con leche. However, be warned! The plaza attracts...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MikelMarshall
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is very nice square. It has nice surrounding and the buildings. Many cafes and restaurant to have little snack

Date of experience: July 2018
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September 24, 2018|
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Response from aadevices | Reviewed this property |
Hope you enjoy it They are very close any way Plaza Mayor is the square one with no transit Sol is the center of Madrid and subway station is Sol
Sandra W
August 11, 2018|
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Response from fargofotos | Reviewed this property |
Looks like this one takes place in May, 6-15th. I’m sure there are many more throughout the year. Fiesta de San Isidro : May 6-15th.
Mary B
April 9, 2018|
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Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Where to stay is a tough question. There's such a variety of accommodation in all the European cities. Your best bet is to use one of the sites that shows prices and locations on a map, put in your criteria, and see what... More
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Jacey B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
One night in Madrid (1 Replies)
My boyfriend and I are from the US and have a long layover in Madrid after a trip to Morocco. We get in on a Saturday night in early October at around 4pm and leave at noon the next day. We are staying in a hotel near Plaza Mayor. We are both in our late twenties and have never been to Spain. We want to make this one night count. Any suggestions on what to do or nearby bars/restaurants/clubs? Thanks!
July 26, 2015|
Madrid Flamenco music with the locals (5 Replies)
Hello! We will be staying in Lavapies area. We have been to Flamenco shows multiple times. This time, we would like to enjoy flamenco music with the locals at a bar or some other venue, not a show. Also, if you could please advise us on where to go to a bar with with music, does not have to be flamenco, we be very thankful for your help. There used to be a bar the left of Plaza Mayor going down the steps to Cuchilleros where there was a great vibe with locals singing and playing....More
September 24, 2017|
Response fromwombat1223|
Pretty much all Flamenco is going to be full of tourists. Flamenco is from Andalusia, not Madrid. Even in places like Seville, it will not be for locals, generally. For music though there are some good clubs. One of the best jazz clubs if Cafe Central near Plaza Santa Ana.
Kaye J
London, United Kingdom
La Torre Del Oro Plaza Mayor (2 Replies)
La Torre del Oro - we wandered into this bar as it was quiet and smoke free. Ordered a drink from the bar and then the barmen were asking about whether we wanted tapas - no prices and we thought (naively) that prices would be the same as other bars, about 10 euros a plate - to our shock when we got the bill a small plate of gamberetti cost 20 euros. No wonder there are photos of politicians, film and music stars along with the bullfighting - these are the only people who can afford to eat...More
March 09, 2009|
Response fromMadridChulapo|
A barmen ripped you off and you say the hole Spain needs to learn a lesson?