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An impressive building in the Plaza Mayor, it stands out for its frescoed facade on the North side of the plaza. Burned down many times and many times rebuilt, it stands out an example of the many lives, many of Madrid’s have had during the...More
This imposing building caught my attention once I arrived at Plaza Mayor. Its red facade is simple and elegant in architecture. The plaza is lively and crowded. There were many tourists and locals having drinks and snacks at the cafes and restaurants along the side...More
We were lucky to be in the city to enjoy the exhibit, " No Pasaran", about the republican defense of Madrid during the siege by Franco in the Civil War. The exhibit was sobering and intense, you could feel the pain, terrrr and patriotism of...More
We arrived in Madrid to grey skies and rain. Following a nice lunch, we wandered over to Plaza Mayor and this beautiful building appeared. They were erecting a stage in front of the building which blocked my view unfortunately. I am hoping to get back...More
Witbout a diubt this is the jewel un tbe cown of the Plaza Mayor. The Casa de la Panderia used to be the headquarters of the bakers guild in Madrid. There's a very helpful tourist office there now that gives good maps and general advice....More
This building dominate the Plaza Mayor at the center of the city. The perfectly geometrical building and large square are dominated by the frescoes and the clock on the tower. The king statue is right in front surrounded by restaurants and always well lit and...More
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
desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.