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Plaza Mayor

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Address: Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.

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must see in Madrid

This place in the second major place in Madrid (after Puerta del Sol) you get in by 9 entrance, it is surrounded by typical red buildings, in the center of the plaza you will se... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Port Orchard, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When my wife and I were there, the plaza was not very busy. All the tapas bars and restrants had table set up for drinking and dining but no customers. There were only a couple of street performers and a few fancy festival dresses on display but that was all. It was cold that day so I guess that was... More 

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Bourg-en-Bresse, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place in the second major place in Madrid (after Puerta del Sol) you get in by 9 entrance, it is surrounded by typical red buildings, in the center of the plaza you will se the statue of King Philip III, there are bar and restaurant so you can enjoy the time there :)

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Port Launay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's remind me the San Marco Polo in Venice It's nice to have a drink on sunny day watching the visitors Sometimes there are concerts and on Sunday a lot of antics sellers are opening an alternative market for antic Most of the tour start on this piazza

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This square is beautiful and the history is amazing, not sure if it was because we went in Jan but we just expected more. Come 6pm it was dead and there was nothing going on. I thought there would be a huge hustle and bustle but was disappointed. On Sunday, they have a bric-a-brak market on the outskirts mainly coins... More 

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Brugge/Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The prices on the many terraces are not cheap, but there is no better place to sit, relax and enjoy... Watch the many artists/entertainers and most of all:"Try having a drink somewhere inside(standing! at the bar )and you might be surprised..." We got a nice cold beer and a tapa for €0.90...

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Lima, Peru
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

has a nice painted wall on one side, but apart from that its not a breathtaking plaza, but full of outdoor restarants and coffee shops

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The standard of eateries are not comparable to other famous Plazas in Spain such as Cordoba, Segovia and Seville.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

during December and the beginnig of Jan. there were kiosk of different things pertaining the Xmas season also other vendors and there was always people gathering there,then eve of the eve of the new Year there was typical live music from the Mayors balcony then at New years is were the big gathering and the big ball of the end... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Plaza Mayor is a must see of Madrid. It is a beautiful space and at Christmas has small markets worth visiting. As we visited in January there was not quite so much to see but a nice sunny spot can always be found for coffee. some of the best restaurants are outside of the square so make sure you check... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely square in the city centre. Very large and features some events. There square is surrounded by many shops, bars and restaurants and is a real spectacle. Good place to visit and see the beauty of the square and some people watching at the same time.

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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 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.
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