Once the beating heart of the city’s cultural life, Plaza Mayor has played host to bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments, and even executions. Originally built outside the city walls, the square is now ringed with trendy shops, restaurants, and alfresco cafes, ideal for soaking up the atmosphere and watching the buzzing street life. The enormous square, which at its center features an iconic equestrian statue of King Phillip III, is easily accessible by one of many walkways connected to the surrounding pedestrian streets. At its northern end, the square is enclosed by a two-towered municipal building, housing an informative visitor center where you can pick up maps of the city and arrange for sightseeing tours in and around the historic district. Arrange to visit Plaza Mayor and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid road trip planning app .
Tours to Plaza Mayor
Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $25
Duration: 1 hour
Madrid Food Tour - Spanish Local Gastronomy & History 3-course Lunch or Dinner BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Plaza Mayor Reviews
Alle Wege in der Altstadt führen dahin. Herrliche Gebäude und reichlich Gastronomie. In der Umgebung reichlich Geschäfte zum Shoppen.Da muss jeder Tourist hin! more »All roads in the old town lead to this. Magnificent buildings and plenty of gastronomy. In the area plenty of shops to shop.Every tourist has to go there!
Praça com muita riqueza Cultural, edifícios lindos e a estátua impressionante com esplanadas excelentes. more »Square with lots of Cultural richness, beautiful buildings and the impressive statue with excellent terraces.
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