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 .
Plaza Mayor Tours
Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $26
Duration: 2 days
Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $20
Duration: 4 hours
Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $41
Plaza Mayor Reviews
We walked from our hotel to SOL which is ground 0 or the center of Madrid. We went down to this area two days in a row. Both days was an amazing adventure and we loved every minute. This area for us i... more »
Es una de las tantas plazas mayores que tiene España.Justo que la fuimos a visitar presenciamos un desfile de carrozas y caballos de época muy pintoresco... no sabría que decirles de otras épocas del ... more »It is one of the many main squares that has Espana.justo that went it to visit we witnessed a parade of carriages and horses of very picturesque period... wouldn't that tell them other times of the year but in winter was seen desolate, a handful of tourists... other the Puerta del Sol, where there is much movement and life throughout the day, maybe is because the main metro lines reach this highlight of the city.
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