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“people watching”(392 reviews)
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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 yesterday

I wish I knew the name of the establishment we visited, the restaurant was terrific. Great bartender and waiter. Didn't speak English and they were awesome at trying to understand us. We made new friends and will definitely go back next time we are in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EmptyNesterClub66
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A boccadillo is a bun/bread roll and shops just off Plaza Mayor is a good place to get one. There are many fillings but the traditional one here is calamares (fried calamari rings). Yum!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Aussie_Mum_with_Teen
Reviewed 2 days ago

Large square, surrounded by the Mayor's office, lots of apartments and cafes. A number of fairly aggressive street performers and vendors can make the experience a little annoying, but if you can ignore them you can have a nice snack and enjoy the people watching.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MichaelCroy
Reviewed 2 days ago

We passed through the square a couple of times on which both occasions there was an eclectic mix of locals, traders, entertainers and tourists of all nationalities. The locals sit chatting perhaps being a little guilty of forgetting where they are whilst the tourists admire...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pff965
Reviewed 3 days ago

How can you not go here, it's yet another lovely Placa in Spain. Near the Placa Sol and nice eateries

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Terry W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Don't bother... Seriously. Yes, the architecture is interesting but it's like a crappy weekend markets with buskers and people harassing you for money. Seriously, if you are going, 10 minutes is enough time to absorb the atmosphere.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mattbY9092BN
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This Plaza was disgusting. Heaps of people selling fake merchandise, and coming up to you and yelling at you to buy their crap. What's with the human goats...so creepy. Why do you deserve my money?! All they do is sit there very still and put...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BananaEggPie
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such a large & lovely Plaza in which time joy some space, restaurants & simply soak in the atmosphere. You may even grab a bargain from the “fake” handbag and show sellers!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 677kymc
Reviewed 3 days ago

Especially during the night is dreaming! Seeing all the restaurants around you and thinking that they have been there for many years it makes you appreciate the place more!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank angelopoupazi
Reviewed 3 days ago

There is no doubt that Plaza Mayor is beautiful. The classic architecture and the spacious square make it an ideal place to spend a Spring morning, sitting on one of the many "terrazas" enjoying a relaxing cafe con leche. However, be warned! The plaza attracts...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MikelMarshall
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24 September 2018|
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Response from aadevices | 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