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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed today via mobile

Easy to find,filled with many, many tourist,plenty of eateries with outdoor seating,souvenir shops all over,in my opinion it is a tourist trap,but worth a glance while in madrid

Thank Marcos M
Reviewed today via mobile

Taste of Spain 🇪🇸, either at the Morning or at night, it is a nice historical place to visit, artists are there to draw a caricature for you, a bundle of pleasant restaurants and cafes, you can also buy souvenirs from there

Thank NadierMady
Reviewed today via mobile

This is one of the places which are part of each tourist’s discovery of Madrid. The place is actually pretty interesting (even though it remains a normal square) as there are often street artists performing... So, as part of your city walk this is definitely...More

Thank Maksim B
Reviewed yesterday

this a beautiful spot when there are no events - there was a book sale event and couldn't experience the open space To my surprise people actually live there and those are apartments upstairs which is really cool.

Thank Vishnu R
Reviewed yesterday

Great atmosphere, especially on Halloween. A good choice of restaurants around the perimeter of the plaza. Unfortunately also a lot of homeless sleeping on cardboard. A few interesting shops and places to stop for a coffee. A book fare while we were there, seemed to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Located in the old part of town, it is very well worth a visit. However, when we visited, the main attraction, the painted town hall, was hidden behind scaffolding. It is a great place to start exploring the old town from.

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We started the Saturday afternoon visit to downtown at plaza mayor. Interesting buildings that have been redone. All kinds of people and street acts! Restaurants galore inside but better yet on the side streets. We are going back tomorrow it was so much fun

Thank TMC159
Reviewed 2 days ago

I went back to Plaza Major on my recent visit. it is a nice attraction, and is full of interesting restaurants. There are various street acts to keep you intertained, but in truth, it is the plaza itself that is the attraction. At each of...More

Thank Alex J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice place to meander around, lots of street vendors, music, restaurants & shops. Safe to wander around at night, a lot of police presence.

Thank Lollylo25
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Quite avenue with a book markets at certain days with various restaurants and souvenir shops. Nothing special and not a must see, but just nice when you’re strolling in the city as it is close to de food market Mercado de San Miguel and Puerto...More

Thank arzulovesfood
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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street
performers, colorful lights, window shopping,
restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and
churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a
collection of plazas interconnected by a network of
side streets. Some of these side streets are wide
pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so
it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
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25 September 2018|
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Response from Alfredo G | Reviewed this property |
Hope you enjoy it They are very close any way Plaza Mayor is the square one with no transit Sol is the center of Madrid and subway station is Sol
Sandra W
12 August 2018|
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Response from fargofotos | Reviewed this property |
Looks like this one takes place in May, 6-15th. I’m sure there are many more throughout the year. Fiesta de San Isidro : May 6-15th.
Mary B
9 April 2018|
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Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Where to stay is a tough question. There's such a variety of accommodation in all the European cities. Your best bet is to use one of the sites that shows prices and locations on a map, put in your criteria, and see what... More