Plaza Mayor has been the epicenter of Madrid for some 400 years.
Bullfights, weddings, the beatification of San Isidro Labrador—Madrid’s patron saint—all occurred here, along with the more sinister autos de fe, hangings and burnings at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition. Today, it’s a lively tourist hub lined with coffee shops, souvenirs, and Madrid’s main tourist office.
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Best things to see at Plaza Mayor
Be sure to check out the 237 wrought-iron balconies protruding from the surrounding buildings, as well as the gorgeous frescoes on the façade of the Real Casa de la Panadería, a royal bakery from the 1590s that was responsible for setting a city-wide price on fresh bread so the poor could afford it. The square burned to the ground in 1790 and was reconstructed by Juan de Villanueva.
Plaza Mayor directions and parking
Best way to get to Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor is not too far from other major tourist attractions. You can find it at the intersection of Calle Mayor, Calle de Bordadores, and Calle de San Felipe Neri. The nearest bus station is Plaza Mayor, and is serviced by buses 3 and N16. The nearest subway stop is the Opera station, serviced by lines 2, 5, and R.
Best parking near Plaza Mayor
There are two parking garages right next to Plaza Mayor. The first is Parking Plaza Mayor, located right next to the Tourist Information Center on Calle Mayor. The second is Parking Mayor, located on Calle de Zaragoza.
Plaza Mayor FAQs
What’s the best time to go?
It truly depends on what you are looking for. If you go at 10AM or early in the morning, there will be less of a crowd and you might be able to move around with more comfort.
What’s the best souvenir to get in Madrid?
Ceramics make a great present! Madrid famously has beautiful pots and vases.
Is it wheelchair accessible?