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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

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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.
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  • There are many shops and restaurants surrounding the Plaza Mayor which makes it easy to navigate. It's beautiful, and we did have lunch there one day at Chiquta and really enjoyed it. And another day....  more
    There are many shops and restaurants surrounding the Plaza Mayor which makes it easy to navigate. It's beautiful, and we did have lunch there one day at Chiquta and really enjoyed it. And another day....  more »
  • Plaza Mayor (Large Plaza) is located almost in the middle of Madrid and is surrounded by magnificent buildings displaying spectacular architecture. The square has many different restaurants & has a... 
    Plaza Mayor (Large Plaza) is located almost in the middle of Madrid and is surrounded by magnificent buildings displaying spectacular architecture. The square has many different restaurants & has a...  more »
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  • This is a must see when in Madrid. Even if you have a short layover. Its a quick cab ride for about 30 euro. Fantastic food in area. Sites and museums all within walking distance. Make sure to have comfortable shoes.
  • One of the best places on Spain. If you want or need take a break, this place is one of the special option for you or your family. Very great moment to relax and eat original Spanish food in original way. Very good location on the city.

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