Plaza Mayor

Madrid Top Ten
Tourist central, yet unavoidable on your trip to Madrid. A great place to people watch. A good family friendly area!

Know Before You Go

You could take an interesting tour of the Royal family residence.
Most people go for the spectacular historical architecture and people watching.
There are lots of vendors, it can sometimes get overwhelming.
The food is expensive, though it is a convenient place to look at antiques, stamps and coins.

Burning at the stake, and other events

The Plaza Mayor was built in the 1600s under Hapsburg rule and rebuilt after a few fires. The plaza has been home to bull fights, coronations, and was once the stage for the Inquisition's horrific autos de fe, which typically meant burning at the stake.

Royalty got the best views

Rectangular in shape, measuring 129 X 94 meters, it is surrounded by residential buildings. Since the square has lavish apartments, celebrities and royalty had special ringside seats for safety and a spectacular view.

Many tourists, but a must-visit.

Today, Plaza Mayor is the quintessential tourist destination. It is filled with tourists and locals looking to make money off the tourists. That said, Plaza mayor is still an ideal way to spend an hour or two, taking in the scenery and watching street performers. It is best at night when it is lit and the atmosphere turns surreal.

Key Highlights

Lined with amazing arches, quaint terraces and stylish boutiques, Plaza Mayor lies in the city's historic centre as the main square in Madrid.

The plaza is closed to motorized traffic, making it a pleasant place to sit at one of the sidewalk cafes, watching world go by.

Read further for interesting history and major events that took place here.

Map : Plaza Mayor

Other Madrid Top 10 Attractions Near Plaza Mayor are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Plaza Mayor
Mercado de San Miguel0.1 Km
Madrid Royal Palace0.6 Km
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza1.1 Km
Templo de Debod1.3 Km
Prado Museum1.3 Km
Museo Nacional Reina Sofia1.4 Km
Retiro Park2 Km
Bullfighting4.2 Km
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium4.5 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Plaza Mayor:

Madrid experts have nominated Plaza Mayor as one of the absolutely unforgettable things to do in Madrid. Plaza Mayor should be on your "bucket list" when you plan the trip to Madrid. Given the vibrancy of Madrid, it is hard to restrict this selection of travel bucket list ideas to just top ten. The review of Plaza Mayor as well as the insightful tips and Faqs have been authored by Madrid expert.

"Tourist central, yet unavoidable on your trip to Madrid. A great place to people watch. A good family friendly area!" is how the author has summarized this attraction.