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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

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    Hotel Atlantico Madrid

    Hotel Atlantico Madrid

    Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
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      Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Callao, Gran Via Street and Teatro Lara. Teatro Rialto and Lope de Vega Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...

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      Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

      Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

      Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid
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        Hotel Regina

        Hotel Regina

        Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
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          Melia Madrid Princesa

          Melia Madrid Princesa

          Princesa 27, Madrid, Madrid
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            VP Plaza España Design

            VP Plaza España Design

            Plaza de España, 5, Madrid, Madrid
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              Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street and Plaza de España. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de Vega Theatre ...

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              Dear Hotel Madrid

              Dear Hotel Madrid

              Gran Via 80, Madrid
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                Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques-Leading Hotels of the World

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                  This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Madrid, walking distance from Royal Theatre, Plaza de Oriente and Sabatini Gardens. Nearby attractions also include ...

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