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Plaza Mayor

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Address: Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.

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Christmas market

Lovely square but there was an X mas market which obscured the facades somewhat. Christmas lighting all around which was fabulous. Nicest square in Madrid

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
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Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely square but there was an X mas market which obscured the facades somewhat. Christmas lighting all around which was fabulous. Nicest square in Madrid

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited just before Christmas and came to see the market which was a bit of a disappointment since the stalls only sold a lot of trinkets etc. A lot of people and street artists as in any large tourist setting. The cafés and restaurants might be worth visiting on the sides of the placa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very quaint a few stalls but most seem to be a repeat, nothing to shout about although most goods were expensive being as the tourist rate for the pound was only 97cents.

Thank Hawthorne21
Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was the meeting point for most of the Tours we went on. It has some good restaurants and is also central to a lot of hotspots in surrounding areas. I visited this place almost every day during my stay in Madrid. It was also close to our hotel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent for a City break especially if your a football fan excellent restaurants loads of things to do

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to eat some tapas and place of rest in the tour recommended by the center of Madrid. Near the Puerta del Sol and near the Arco de Cuchilleros where Luis Candelas robbed the rich to give it to the poor.If you like flamenco is there any place nearby to enjoy it.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I know this is a must see sight, But to crowded and very touristic. Not a lot to see and the shops around are no special

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It has a lot of history and it is very emblematic for madrid! One of the coolest places to have a coffe or lunch during the day! Pretty expencive to eat arround there but it is worth it :) the view and the people arround are awesome

Thank Bla T
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An old palace not converted more into a Bazaar/Food market Decently priced restaurants, but you'd rather visit the plaza royal (just 5 mins away) if you are looking to see a palace or the San Miguel Mercado (just 2 mins away) if you are looking for good drinks/food

Thank Jasdeep264
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to hang around for a couple of hours. A rather large square, surrounded by beautiful buildings, very popular with both residents and tourists, with several bars, restaurants and shops to explore on the ground floor. Please do save some time to explore the nearby narrow streets and small squares. They are also very lively and... More 

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Staying in Centro

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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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