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Plaza Mayor

Make your way to Madrid's iconic cobbled square and stroll past artists' stalls, listen to local street musicians, or sit down in the porticos to enjoy a coffee.

Once a marketplace, then a bull-ring and even an execution square, Plaza Mayor has transformed and evolved significantly through the ages. Felipe II commissioned a public square to be built here, which was completed according to the designs of the architect Juan Gómez de Mora in 1619. Having been destroyed by a series of enormous fires, it was finally rebuilt in 1790 and has managed to survive in this incarnation until the present day.

There's no need to come here with any specific purpose. Just have a wander and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the classy residential buildings that border the plaza. The square is dominated by the Casa de la Panaderia, which, in the past, housed Madrid's bakers' guild, and which today provides a home for the tourist information centre. At the centre of the square you'll find the statue of Felipe III atop his horse, the work of Giambologna and Pietro Tacca. The piece was made in 1616, but it was only placed in the square in the 19th century as a result of all the building work and repairs being undertaken here.

Plaza Mayor is now a favourite place for artists to come and sell their work and for street performers and musicians to show off their skills. It's also a popular place for public celebrations to take place; check out local tourist information resources to see what's going on during your visit.

The walkways that run around the square provide a break from the sunshine, and are lined with boutiques, cafés and restaurants. You should be aware, however, that the restaurants here can be quite pricey.

Plaza Mayor is in a district called Las Austrias which is an interesting area to walk around. The square itself is accessible via Ópera and Puerta del Sol metro stations, and is not far from the Casa del Ayuntamiento and the Royal Palace. It's always open, and the restaurants serve until late into the evening.


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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

    11 Aug - 12 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

      14 Aug - 15 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

        18 Aug - 19 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

          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

            Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

            Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

            Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

              Located in Centro, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol, and Paseo del Prado. Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum ...

              Iberostar Las Letras Gran ViaAU$189

              11 Aug - 12 Aug

              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$234

                22 Jul - 23 Jul

                Hotel Paseo del Arte

                Hotel Paseo del Arte

                Atocha 123, Madrid, Madrid
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Literary Quarter, this hotel is steps from Lavapies, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and Paseo del Prado. Prado Museum and CaixaForum Madrid ...

                  Hotel Paseo del ArteAU$129

                  15 Aug - 16 Aug