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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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  • Lively place, many lovely restaurants inside although at higher prices than in the surroundings. A must see 
    Lively place, many lovely restaurants inside although at higher prices than in the surroundings. A must see  more »
  • Clear heart of the city, an enormous square with civic buildings on all sides. For those of limited agility or walking with a stich the cobbles are rather rough in places so care is needed, but it is....  more
    Clear heart of the city, an enormous square with civic buildings on all sides. For those of limited agility or walking with a stich the cobbles are rather rough in places so care is needed, but it is....  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.
  • This used to be such a regal spot in Madrid but it has gone downhill with all the ghetto market booths and trashy tourist traps. The charm is not there anymore since it has become more of a street market than a regal plaza with history. It's nice to visit and hang out, but nothing too special.

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