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Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“people watching” (305 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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1 - 10 of 5,531 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Best plaza to visit however the most tourist as well but its worth it! Impressive view. There's also a beautiful street behind plaza mayor (Calle San Miguel) with many cute restaurants.

Thank chadjichristofi
Reviewed yesterday

Ate in the museum of Ham, strange name but excellent basic food. The addition of cheap good beer helped the mood. The architecture is stunning, well worth a visit

Thank Intcopiers
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ok it's a beautiful plaza and a great photo opportunity so by all means visit take some snaps but then move on, all the restaurants and bars are vastly overpriced, over double in price compared to similar establishments not 100M away.

Thank Doughboy68
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to while away hours sitting, talking, eating and watching the world go by. The cafe/bars around the perimeter are fantastic. The only downside are the beggars and street sellers. These still cannot detract from the wonderful plaza.

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Take a picture turn around and leave. This is a tourist trap. It's packed daily and nightly. Most of the restaurants are poorly run and the food is over priced. Skip this plaza and eat somewhere else.

Thank Arielle P
Reviewed 2 days ago

I came to Plaza Mayor with high hopes. Everything I read said this was the community gathering spot, somewhere to people watch and sit out and eat and drink and relax. Granted, all that is true, but I found the experience near the bottom of...More

Thank dsnelson83
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty but touristy. Did not stop for food. Fountain in centre. Beautiful buildings on 4 sides. Worth a trip.

Thank James P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing place to start a Madrid adventure. Recommend starting here getting a feel for the city with a few, yes touristy shops but many good places to grab a bit and admire the history and pace of Madrid. As I said good starting point -...More

Thank Groges01
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lined with Bistros, etc, and surrounded by wonderful buildings, ornately decorated, on a sunny day a hard sport to top for relaxing. It can get crowded and you will see the "Street Vendors" with their ropes attached to the blankets for a quick get a...More

Thank mitch w
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Scenic square with wonderful architecture. Lots usually going on in the square. Has a tourist information centre and no surprises the plaza is full of tourists. Beware of the surrounding eateries as expensive - tourist traps!

Thank Samir S
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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5 September 2017|
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Response from Liz D | Reviewed this property |
Plaza Major is a square where you can eat/drink at various different bars/restaurants right in the middle of Madrid. There's so much to do near here I would definitely include it on any Madrid list
Lois C
4 April 2016|
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Response from jamescu | Reviewed this property |
A lovely square, can't comment on the prices. Walking distance to most places. Food will not be a problem, the metro is cheap and easy to use. Be aware of pick pocks the locals where there rucksacks to the front. Madrid is... More