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Plaza de España

Pay homage to Miguel de Cervantes, Spain's most famous writer, or find some shade under a tree and kick back right in the heart of the city centre.

Plaza de España lies at a busy crossing in central Madrid, yet somehow manages to have a calming, restful atmosphere. Many locals come here to find a spot under a tree and take a break from the city's hustle and bustle.

The centre of the plaza is presided over by Spain's literary hero, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The stone statue of the writer sits regally, surrounded by water, with his literary creations Don Quixote, that ingenious gentleman, and Sancho Panza, his squire and trusty sidekick, cast in bronze beneath him. On either side are the two incarnations of Don Quixote’s one true love, Dulcinea del Toboso and Aldonza Lorenzo.

The square is also famous as the home to two of Madrid's most iconic skyscrapers. The first of these, and providing a backdrop to the Cervantes monument, is the Edificio de España which, at 25 storeys high, was the tallest building in the city when it was constructed between the years of 1947 and 1953. It was designed in the neo-Baroque style and is a classic example of Spanish architecture of the period. Not long afterwards, between 1954 and 1957, the same architects oversaw the building of the Torre de Madrid which, at 142 metres high, then became the tallest concrete structure in Europe at the time.

At the top of the Plaza de España you’ll find a fountain. Night visits here are especially alluring as this fountain is lit up, transforming the ambience of the plaza significantly.

The green areas of the park are a popular place to kick back and relax during the day and, in the summertime, you'll see plentiful street vendors peddling their wares here. The square is also lined with restaurants.

Plaza de España is an easy walk from the Royal Palace or from Gran Vía, one of the main thoroughfares of Madrid. It's also very easy to get to by metro as it has its own station. The square is open at all times.


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Hotel Riu Plaza España

Hotel Riu Plaza España

C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
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    Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Plaza de España and Gran Via Street. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de Vega Theatre are ...

    Hotel Riu Plaza EspañaAU$186

    Melia Madrid Princesa

    Melia Madrid Princesa

    Princesa 27, Madrid, Madrid
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Moncloa-Aravaca, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Plaza de España, and Gran Via Street. Teatro Coliseum ...

      Melia Madrid PrincesaAU$186

      Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World

      Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World

      Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 5, Madrid, Madrid
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Theatre and Plaza de Oriente. Sabatini Gardens and Royal Palace are also within 15 minutes. ...

        Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the WorldAU$436

        NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía

        NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía

        Gran Via 21, Madrid, Madrid
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol and Paseo del Prado. Teatro Lara and Teatro Rialto are also within ...

          NH Collection Madrid Gran VíaAU$212

          Gran Vía Capital

          Gran Vía Capital

          Gran Via 48, Madrid, Madrid
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Callao, Plaza de España and Plaza Mayor. Royal Palace and Plaza de Cibeles ...

            Gran Vía CapitalAU$184

            Hotel Emperador

            Hotel Emperador

            Gran Via 53, Madrid, Madrid
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street and Lope de Vega Theatre. Plaza de España and Teatro Rialto are ...

              Hotel EmperadorAU$165

              ME Madrid by Melia

              ME Madrid by Melia

              Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Madrid
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Literary Quarter, this family-friendly Madrid hotel is steps away from Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Espanol. Congress of Deputies and Thyssen-Bornemisza ...

                ME Madrid by MeliaAU$228

                Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

                Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

                Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid
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                  Located in Centro, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol, and Paseo del Prado. Teatro Lara and Plaza de Cibeles are ...

                  Iberostar Las Letras Gran ViaAU$211

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