La plaza Mayor está situada en el centro de Madrid, en el barrio de Sol, junto a la calle Mayor y a 300 metros de la Puerta del Sol.
Los inicios de la plaza se remontan al siglo XVI, cuando en la confluencia de los caminos (hoy en día calles) de Toledo y Atocha, a las afueras de la villa medieval, se celebraba en este sitio, conocido como «plaza del Arrabal», el mercado principal de la villa. En esa época se construyó una primera casa porticada, o lonja, para regular el comercio en la plaza.
Siri Thongpan | feb. 1, 2018
Totally different vibe when going to Plaza Mayor during day time and in the evening. I recommend checking out the Square both day time and night time. Different crowds. Lots of shops and restaurants nearby. From the square you can walk to San Miguel market. I think it was less than 10 mins.
John Sanderson | feb. 28, 2018
Wonderful area to sit and relax with fun Street style entertainment. Plenty of places to eat and drink although a little bit more expensive than elsewhere. We even got to watch a wedding and as it is sheltered we sat in polo shirts on a February day that started at at -2°. A must visit 😀
Luana Co. | feb. 24, 2018
It was a nice place and great for pictures, but it was not the cleanest place I've been to. There was a Starbucks there and it was very nice. I really liked Plaza Mayor. (There was some glass on the ground but there are people there that were cleaning it so that's not much of a problem.)
Robert Rosenfeld | mar. 3, 2018
Nice place to sit in the sun with all of the other tourists having a meal or beer. As for the square itself, not as grand as many others. But worth a visit, I suppose.
Shawn Canada | feb. 19, 2018
I thought it was a nice Square. When I went there there wasn't a lot going on. Unfortunately it was full of Buskers. So that made it a bit unattractive and distracting. There's definitely a bunch of choice for eating.
Kennedy Taylor | mar. 27, 2018
Gorgeous. Relaxing atmosphere, with remarkably friendly people. The architecture is lovely. The smells from all the nearby eateries waft through the square... making it even more enticing. Highly recommended.
Stephanie Pace | abr. 1, 2018
A tourist site for sure, but enjoyable none the less. You can definitely people watch here. I did not try any of the restaurants, but was there during Christmas time so I checked out the market they had set up in the Plaza. I liked all of the stands they had set up and the decorations were really nice especially when lit at night. Performers were there as well entertaining the crowd.
Sam Pat | abr. 16, 2018
Nice historical location with a history of brutality. Gives you feeling of being there in a history and watch those who were punished publicly ar this place in old times. Nice shopping options for souvenirs and also great food options. Interesting to watch people selling stuff on the street which is illegal and when police arrive on the horses, how quickly they wrap that and leave only to return when police is gone. Overall nice place to visit.
Juliana Borges | mar. 16, 2018
A must sightseeing place in Madrid! This beautiful square has so much history! Also, they always have something different there! Like this picture I’ve post! You will also noticed a lot of locals with their family! And this is amazing!
Ben Gonen | may. 20, 2018
Nice place, if you a tourist you have to have a look. I happen to be there for 2 shows playing which was really nice. Good square to relax and get a few Spanish tapas.
Rolando Bermudez | may. 20, 2018
Restaurants (7/10): One of the things that I really love about this location was the restaurants. It has a large variety of restaurants all around the plaza. Please note that the prices are definitely above average. So if you're on a strict budget, try to avoid eating at any of these places. Entertainment (7/10): I personally love street performers. In this Plaza we were able to see performers that entertain not only kids but myself as well. Be prepare to hand a few euros to the performers. Ambient (9/10): The atmosphere for Madrid in general is welcoming and heart warming. For Plaza Mayor, the ambient is remarkable in the sense that you feel at home, welcome, and heart warming. Having a mix of live music, street performers, people talking, birds, and restaurants, it is the place to be in.
Christian Pedersen | may. 19, 2018
Truly a beautiful square and although it's very touristy it's not a that bad compared to others famous squares. There are the occasional touts selling services or music but all in all it's a must while visiting Madrid. The cafes and restaurants around the square are yours to visit a your own risk. Everything is overpriced and of lower quality but still it can be worth it.
Ivy Sanchez | jun. 17, 2018
Just love walking around the Plaza Mayor or just sitting and people watching. They have a lot of restaurants and little shops. The only thing is lots of vendors in your face and coming around while you are eating trying to sell you stuff. It takes away the enjoyment of relaxing and enjoying your stay there. Also, which is very sad, lots of homeless people begging everywhere.
Christopher Lucki | jun. 11, 2018
An awesome city centre which attracts happy crowds on a nightly basis. Awesome architecture, two perfect fountains, a Royal Statue and countless performers and happy people. Grab a coffee or ice cream and enjoy time at the Plaza any night of the week.
Christian Pedersen | jun. 12, 2018
Truly a beautiful square and although it's very touristy it's not that bad compared to other famous squares. There are the occasional touts selling services or music, but all in all it's a must while visiting Madrid. The cafes and restaurants around the square are yours to visit at your own risk. Everything is overpriced and of lower quality but still it can be worth it to enjoy the view.
Srivaths Sankaran | jul. 7, 2018
Historical spot - touristy today Having stayed a stone's throw away at the nearby Hotel Plaza Mayor we got to see a fair bit of the plaza itself. Today the perimeter is lined with restaurants, cafes and gift shops. Some of the restaurants' seating bleeds into the plaza proper. In fact that is part of the appeal; diners sitting outdoors in the evening, enjoying dinner and being entertained by street musicians. This venue is rich in history. To fully appreciate what you are seeing I recommend reading up a little about it before you visit - there is no shortage of information online or there is the wonderful Rick Steve's guidebook to Spain. The plaza is one of the stops on one of the Madrid walking tours outlined in his guidebook. Many sites of historical significance in Spain have been maintained as such; this is not one of them. Very commercialized. As a place to look around it should not take you more that 10-15 mins. If you are enjoying the atmosphere and you can always linger, soak in the sights and people-watch by dining at one of the many restaurants. Be wary - it can get pricey.
Mohan Fernando | jul. 14, 2018
Lovely historical landmark and square in the centre of Madrid. This is the go to place to sample Spanish traditional fare such as Paella or Sangria. The square is filled with tables from surrounding restaurants. The summer heat is kept at bay with mist sprayers. Spend your afternoon relaxing with a drink and watching the tourists sightseeing.
David Smith | jun. 30, 2018
Very nice, great for pics. There's a wee love lock for padlocks. I would ask for prices before you eat in the square because they rip you off... 2 streets away you can get tapas for €1 a dish so be wise
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