Plaza Mayor is a large square in central Madrid. It serves today as a meeting place for tourists and locals alike, and has played host to a variety of festivities throughout history, including bull fights, soccer matches, and executions during the Spanish Inquisition.

The plaza was built in the early 17th century during King Felipe III's reign - the central statue is a nod to him overseeing the project's completion. Forming the outer walls are a series of three-story residential buildings with balconies overlooking the center, providing excellent views of the action below.

The most prominent of the buildings in the plaza is the Casa de la Panaderia - House of the Baker's Guild, which today serves municipal and cultural functions. There are also several shops and eateries that occupy the ground level of the buildings and provide refreshments for hungry and thirsty travelers admiring the square.

Practical Info

Plaza Mayor has undergone many changes over the centuries. Victim to three fires, the buildings surrounding the plaza have been rebuilt each time. The most recent update to the plaza was the addition of colorful frescos in 1992.

Also nearby is the popular Puerta del Sol, another landmark plaza of Madrid.

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Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 505 Reviews

Get a unique view of Madrid aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are two tours covering all of the city's highlights, from historical sites and ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $27.45

Madrid Combo: City Sightseeing and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

See Madrid’s top city sights from the comfort of a luxury coach, and then spend your afternoon exploring Spain’s national museum – the Prado – with an expert ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.35

Madrid Segway Tour

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Zip through the streets of Madrid on a revolutionary Segway! Not only is it easy but, loads of fun as well. You will see the Royal Palace, the Almudena, Templo ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.75

Madrid City Sightseeing and Royal Palace Tour

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Marvel at the historic sights of Madrid on this city sightseeing and Royal Palace tour. Learn the story of Madrid through its buildings as you travel from ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.97

Madrid Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 85 Reviews

Take this fun Madrid cycle tour and see the city at its best! Visit all the famous sights, from the Royal Palace and Retiro Park to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.75

Madrid Myths and Legends Evening Walking Tour

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Discover tales of romance, revenge and mystical happenings on a 2-hour evening tour of Madrid! Showcasing the quirky sites that many tourist maps miss, the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.90

Madrid by Night Segway Tour

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See the magic of Madrid by night on a fun, 1-hour Segway tour! On a self-balancing, electric Segway, follow an expert guide around the historical neighborhood ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.28

Madrid Christmas Walking Tour of Los Austrias: Plaza Mayor Christmas Market and Royal Palace of Madrid

Celebrate Christmas in grand Spanish style on a 4-hour walking tour of Madrid de Los Austrias, or Habsburg’s Madrid as the neighborhood is often known. This ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.74

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