Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Calle Gerona 4, Madrid

The Basics

Plaza Mayor has played host to a variety of festivities throughout history, including bull fights, executions during the Spanish Inquisition, and soccer matches. The most prominent of the buildings in the plaza is the Casa de la Panadería, or House of the Baker's Guild, which today serves municipal and cultural functions. There are also shops and eateries that occupy the ground level and provide refreshments for hungry and thirsty travelers admiring the square. The plaza is included on most Madrid city tours—including walking tours, biking tours, Segway tours, and food tours—alongside other popular attractions such as the Prado Museum, Royal Palace, Plaza de Oriente, and Plaza de España.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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Thank you.
Yoko_K, Nov 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Thank you. I really enjoyed learning about Spanish wine. I wanted to go back to the store to buy some bottles but could not do so due to the limited time of my stay. Next time.
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Good information on...
Gail_P, Nov 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Good information on origin of Spanish wines and ample tastings. Guide leader was very knowledgeable.
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Super tasting!
Karla_K, Oct 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
We had a wonderful wine tasting experience yesterday. The wines were great and the conversation/wine explanations were super fun. Three tastes (glasses) of delicious wines from regions all of Spain were explored. We even did some scent ‘tastings’ to understand how those wine reviewers can come up with their descriptions. We didn’t do very well but it was a fun exercise. We’d recommend this tasting experience to anyone!!!
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Amazing
Jennifer_F, Oct 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Luke is extremely personable and informative. It was fun and educational! Highly recommend this activity.
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We met a great group of...
William_D, Oct 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
We met a great group of people to enjoy the wine tasting with. Our hosts was terrific & did a great job explaining everything yo us. The wine selections were great. We were in a wonderful private setting. Would do again!
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Fun with Wine
Chris_J, Sep 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
69 wine regions. There is a podcast Spanish Wine Experience that I am now listening to. We laughed a LOT.
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Fun experience with other travelers
Mike_P, Sep 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
We had a great time chatting with fellow travelers who love wine! We could've chatted and shared experiences for a few hours. Our leader was a wealth of information regarding the Spanish wine industry. So happy we spent an hour of our first evening in Madrid with this event.
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Perfect!
James_C, Jul 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Loved the size of the group and everyone was very friendly straightaway. The host was social, knowledgeable, communicative and organized. A really good value. We attended the first night of our trip and it was a great way to kick things off.
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Excellent way to cool off
Shira_W, Jul 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
What a refreshing and fun way to cool off on a hot day! We learned a lot, had fun and enjoyed the 3 generous cups of wine! I would highly recommend this!
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Luke was so funny,...
James_U, Jun 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Luke was so funny, welcoming and knowledgeable! We had such a good time and he helped us pick out a few bottles. I would highly recommend this!
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Amazing value!
Jessi_A, Jun 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Fantastic experience! I finally have the basics on how to taste wine! The selections were amazing. We even bought a few bottles to take home.
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Fun with fancy grape juice
Romiro_S, Jul 2022
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Hello travelers I went to Madrid with my girlfriend. We had stuff plannend for every day apart from our last day. We decided to do some wine related activities and stumbled upon this one. The wine tasting is inside the wine shop. The shop looks very good and has a lot of nice bottles. The wine tasting had several stages which were very informative and tasty. The host Made is feel welcome and we laughed a lot. I would recommend this activity to all people who want to know more about wine (the host knows a lot and you can just drink :). Experience 10/10 Kind regards Romiro and Donna
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Plaza Mayor is a major landmark in Madrid and a must-see for first-time visitors.

  • Visit the plaza as part of a small group or private city tour for a deeper understanding of its history.

  • When exploring the area, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to Plaza Mayor on your own is to take the metro (Line 2) to Sol station.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

While Plaza Mayor can get crowded, especially during peak summer season, the festive atmosphere is part of its appeal. The plaza is an excellent place to stop for a coffee or a drink in the afternoon, or for an al fresco dinner in the evening.

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The Calamari Sandwich

Both Madrid and the restaurants surrounding Plaza Mayor are famous for calamari sandwiches: French bread stuffed with battered and golden-fried squid rings, often served with aioli and a wedge of lemon. Try it with “una caña” a small, ice-cold draft beer.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Plaza Mayor?
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As well as visiting the Plaza Mayor, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: