Located at the end of one of Madrid's busiest streets, Plaza de España forms the western base of Gran Vía. Its borders are also delineated by two of the city's most famous and tallest skyscrapers: Torre de Madrid - Madrid Tower - and Edifico España - Spain Building.
Occupying the center of the plaza is a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the famous Spanish playwright, poet and novelist. Surrounding the base of the monument are statues of characters from the writer's most famous work, Don Quixote de la Mancha. The protagonist and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, are accompanied by figures of Don Quixote's love, represented on one side by the peasant woman Aldonza Lorenzo and on the other as the imaginary Dulcinea de Toboso.
Day and night, the Plaza de España is a popular meeting spot for locals and tourists often find themselves here to rest on the benches and snap a few photos.
The hop-on-hop-off tour is the best way to see the main highlights of Madrid! I would highly recomend this to anyone who doesnt have too many days to spend in the city but would like to see as much as possible.
Review by Leilani S M, May 2013
Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: Madrid Illuminations Evening Tour and Flamenco Show at Torres Bermejas
Very nice to see Madrid during the night. Flamenco show a bit long and started a bit late, but worth it. Very entertaining. They even dropped everyone off at their respective hotels! Super, since it was late and we were tired.
Two separate, and different, routes and both really good.
The plaza is accessible via the Plaza de España metro stop, which also serves the nearby Palacio Real - Royal Palace.