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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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Small but Historic Plaza

The site of the former town hall, city prison and some of the oldest building buildings in Madrid. It is a picturesque Plaza that has a variety of building styles. In the center... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wandering through the streets of Madrid it is always a pleasure to come across an area of surprise. Walking along the Calle Mayor I stumbled across the Plaza de la Villa. This square – the Plaza de la Villa - is situated in the older part of Madrid and regarded as one of the prettiest squares. Small in size, it... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The site of the former town hall, city prison and some of the oldest building buildings in Madrid. It is a picturesque Plaza that has a variety of building styles. In the center of the Plaza is a statue admiral Alvaro de Bazan who planned the Spanish Armada for invading England. The Plaza that has multiple building styles to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in the city you should pay a visit to this plaza. beautiful architecture highly representative of old Madrid.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just off Calle Mayor is this beautiful quiet flower laden plaza with a statue of Alvaro de Bazán. There are no shops or cafes but it can be used as a shortcut.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

This is a small plaza that has a clean look and some historic buildings overlooking it. There are no cafes or bars or restaurants overlooking here and this is more to explore for 10 minutes and to take a few pictures.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

For those looking for a large, expansive plaza, this is likely not a destination spot. In the same breath the smaller make up of the plaza gives it a unique feeling to it as it does not have the shops lining its interior courtyard.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

This is a picturesque, small square not far down Calle Mayor from Plaza Mayor. There are often military ceremonies held in this square due to the government building (I forget its function, but that's not so important as it isn't a tourist destination in itself) that takes up one whole side of the square.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The square is small, quiet and beautiful and is one of the best example of trypical Madrid baroque architecture. The square is dominated by the old ayuntamento but all the palaces and buildings around it are worth seeing.

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Little Canfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

We came across this delightful little plaza en-route to the Royal Palace. A mix of interesting architecture, it's worth a photo stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

This square is a quite place in the center of Madrid. You can take a break from noisy streets of Madrid and just sit and relax.

Thank Anna Y

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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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