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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 Regina

Hotel Regina

Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
    3.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

    Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from La Equitativa Building, Casino de Madrid, and Church of las Calatravas. San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and ...

    Hotel ReginaAU$126

    1 Aug - 2 Aug

    Hotel Atlantico Madrid

    Hotel Atlantico Madrid

    Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Callao, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Lara. Teatro Rialto and Lope de Vega Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...

      Hotel Atlantico MadridAU$203

      5 Aug - 6 Aug

      Dear Hotel Madrid

      Dear Hotel Madrid

      Gran Via 80, Madrid
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

        This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Madrid, walking distance from Teatro Coliseum, Plaza de España, and Lope de Vega Theatre. Also nearby are Gran ...

        Dear Hotel MadridAU$174

        11 Aug - 12 Aug

        VP Plaza España Design

        VP Plaza España Design

        Plaza de España, 5, Madrid, Madrid
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           

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

          VP Plaza España DesignAU$297

          4 Aug - 5 Aug

          Hotel Emperador

          Hotel Emperador

          Gran Via 53, Madrid, Madrid
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

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

            Hotel EmperadorAU$170

            12 Aug - 13 Aug

            Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

            Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

            Calle Imperial, 8, Madrid
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Centro, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Almudena Cathedral and El Rastro are also within 10 minutes. Tirso ...

              Pestana Plaza Mayor MadridAU$229

              13 Aug - 14 Aug

              Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa

              Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa

              Princesa 40, Madrid, Madrid
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Malasana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liria Palace, Comillas Pontifical University, and Oeste Park. Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo ...

                Courtyard by Marriott Madrid PrincesaAU$125

                13 Aug - 14 Aug

                Barceló Torre de Madrid

                Barceló Torre de Madrid

                Plaza de España, 18, Madrid
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Moncloa-Aravaca, this luxury hotel is steps from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Plaza de España, and Gran Via Street. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de Vega ...

                  Barceló Torre de MadridAU$239

                  12 Aug - 13 Aug