There are many ways to spend your time and money at this attractive central square: stroll around and admire the architecture ... More
There are many ways to spend your time and money at this attractive central square: stroll around and admire the architecture and the murals or even buy an original watercolor from one of the many pavement artists. During the Middle Ages, merchants congregated here to live and sell their wares. When Felipe II established the Court in Madrid, he decided that this square should be reserved for special occasions, and it started to take its present shape from 1790 onwards. The statue in the center is of Felipe III.
The best plan when you decide to visit the heart of Madrid, is a tour guide.
The last time I did with planinthecity, fantastic team with charming plans in Madrid, and they gave me 3 proffesional pictures. Just for 18 € each person.
It was a good experience for my family.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Plaza Mayor. My mom and I were on a guided tour of Spain and the Plaza was one of our wonderful stops while we were in Madrid. It's undoubtedly "the spot" in Madrid to get the pulse of everyday Madrilenos. It was nice to see all of the different proformers entertain everyone in the square, Walking through the square and seeing the rows and rows of cafes and resturants and people enjoying meals with friends and family was just great. Knowing some of the history behind the plaza just made visiting it even better. Nothing beats the Plaza Mayor, it definitely is a must do while in Madrid!!!!!!
This is the place to go if you and a group of friends just want to go out and have fun. At night musicians come out and play for the crowds. Nice little Resturaunts and gift shops too. A must visit if you are in Madrid
What a beautiful fun diversion from your relaxing day in Madrid. Walk inside the cobblestones and think of the time they executed people here. Imagine you are a Matador killing a bull. Tons of history here. The plaza is gorgeous with tons of restaurants and stores. Street Entertainers gather here too.The only warnings are to watch for pickpockets and the restaurant workers are pushy.Still, it is one of my favorite places in Madrid.Good photo op place.
Clarification- I checked 5 for value because the plaza is free to go to but the restaurants and stores around here are not a good value.Overpriced, but still fun and good. Have fun!
I like the atmosphere and the view.In a pub on the same place there are one price of the tapas in the menu ,but the waiter brought me other,more expensive,which had written down on the paper by his own hand.
My first impression when I set foot on the square was it's so ancient and yet amazing. The red walls and murals, the stone pavement and terazzas, the street artists and coin collectors, were all in unison to make the square alive and busy allday long. You can just sit and enjoy the scenery while drinking Sangria and eating variety of tapas.
Madrid is a city where one can happily get lost because there is so must beauty and history everywhere you go. Not too far up the street on Atocha from Plaza Mayor is a great cafe called "Peter Pan," great food to nibble on and "zumo" or orange juice that's just as great as the food.
Haven't really spent a lot of time in this place..
When we came here, it was extra early in the morning but the visit was still interesting..
I wonder what it looks like when it's busy with activities.. I just have to see on our next visit..
Art works in chairs and posts are truly picture-worthy... An experience not to miss..
We went here during the day for lunch. Some places have great prices others do not. Pay attention to which umbrellas and tables go with which menu and prices. We thought we were sitting at the 6 euro paella tables but it ended up being the 20 euro paella tables. It had great people watching, but it was pretty warm. There were not any entertainers or artist. I think if I went back, I would like to see what it is like at night. It sounds more exciting from the other reviews.
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