Plaza Mayor Tours

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Today this central square is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals, but Plaza Mayor’s history goes back to the early 17th century during King Felipe III's reign. The central statue is a nod to the king’s role in overseeing the project's completion. Forming the outer walls are a series of 3-story buildings with balconies overlooking the center.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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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Address: Madrid, Spain
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Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour

Coast through Madrid on a 2-wheeled, self-balancing electric Segway scooter during this 2- or 3-hour tour of the city's highlights and landmarks. On the 2-hour tour, follow your guide through the city center, passing locations important to the capital city's history and culture such as the San Miguel market, the royal palace and Plaza Mayor. Choose the 3-hour tour to add time traveling through the urban park El Retiro and down the Paseo del Prado. Instruction and use of all equipment included; no experience necessary.
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Private Custom Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Prado Museum Ticket

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and intriguing history of Spain’s spectacular capital on a half- or full-day walking tour of Madrid with an accomplished private guide. Inform your guide of your interests prior to your tour then enjoy a customized itinerary that promises to satisfy all cultural cravings. Enjoy complimentary public transport and pre-planned logistics as you discover significant sights such as the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid whiles listening to commentary tailored to your interests.
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Private Highlights and Hidden Gems of Madrid Tour

Experience the highlights and hidden gems of the Spanish capital on this private tour. Accompanied by your private guide, visit memorable landmarks such as Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace; escape the crowds to explore Park Emir Mohamed I and Retiro Park; and enjoy a drink (included) at a rooftop bar with a magnificent view of the city. As this is a private tour, you can explore at your own pace and spend as long as you want taking photos.
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Madrid Segway City Tour

Add a fun twist to your sightseeing as you zip around Spain’s largest city on a Segway. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic 3-hour tour of Madrid’s historic center. Glide down the grand boulevard of Paseo de Prado and around El Retiro park, and hop off along the way to admire landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Mercado de San Miguel.
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2 Hour Hidden Oasis Retiro Park Madrid Small Group Segway Tour

Don’t miss an inch of Madrid’s largest park on this energy-saving, guided, Segway tour in Retiro Park. After a training session and safety briefing from your guide it’s time to discover the 117-acres of park space, lakes, statues, and more in this massive urban green space. See it all without breaking a sweat including the Plaza Mayor, the Palace of Velázquez, and monument to King Alfonso XII overlooking a lake.
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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid

Take a walk through history during this flexible-length guided walking tour of Madrid. Pass by iconic Madrid landmarks like the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Plaza de Oriente and much more. You’ll also explore some of the Spanish capital’s oldest buildings like Casa de la Villa (City Hall) and Casa de Cisneros, both dating back to the medieval era. Finish your trip with one of several optional activities like a Prado Museum visit, Royal Palace tour, traditional Flamenco show and tapas dinner. A guide and hotel pickup (for morning guests) are also included.
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Sightseeing Electric Bike Tour in Madrid

Explore Madrid by electric bike on a 2- or 3-hour sightseeing tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy the flexibility to pedal as much or as little as you want, using the bike’s electric assist so you can cruise with little effort. Visit historic neighborhoods, bustling plazas, gardens, and a path along the Manzanares River, with all necessary equipment provided. Departures are available throughout the day.
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Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show

The sun that constantly shines on Madrid can make daytime exploring an exhausting endeavor. This 4-hour evening tour allows you to stay cool and see Madrid’s sights illuminated by night. Tick off highlights such as the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), Plaza Mayor and Gran Via, and receive recommendations for popular nightlife destinations. Small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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PRIVATE Kickstart Tour of Madrid

Get personalized tips from a local guide during this private tour in Madrid. Explore the city on foot including the top historic and architectural landmarks such as Puerta del Sol. Catch a glimpse of Madrid’s culture and lifestyle as you stroll through a local market and buzzing plazas. Learn about where to find some of the city’s best churros.
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Madrid Old Streets Walking Tour

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Madrid on this 1.5-hour historical walking tour of Spain’s capital city. Alongside your guide, you’ll tick off top Madrid attractions such as the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor, while listening to history-rich commentary. On this small-group tour, limited to 15 people, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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Madrid Highlights Walking City Tour

Enhance your experience of Spain’s captivating capital on a full-day tour of Madrid’s cultural and historical highlights. With a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the opulent grandeur of the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real); stroll amid the grand beauty of Plaza Mayor; and immerse yourself in local life during a visit to Gran Via, Madrid’s most famous neighborhood. Learn about the rich historical heritage of the city from your expert guide and receive personalized attention on this small-group tour.
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7-Day European Tour Exploring Spain and Portugal

Discover the best of Spain and Portugal on a 1-week adventure. Visit the cities of Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Lisbon, and Toledo during the week. Discover famous monuments such as the Royal Palace, Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, Alhambra, Plaza de Espana, the Alcazar of Seville, the Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and much more as you learn about the history and culture of each place.
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Madrid Walking Tour and Flamenco Show with Tapas

Stroll through several centuries of Madrid history during this 3.5-hour guided walking tour with an evening Flamenco performance. Stomp around Madrid on two feet with a local guide, discovering landmarks like the iconic Plaza Mayor, the Arch of Cuchilleros and some of the city’s oldest buildings. Then let the performers handle the stomping (and dancing) during a performance hosted at Madrid’s famous Flamenco Torres Bermejas venue, accompanied by an included tapas dinner. Hotel drop-off is also covered.
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Madrid City Highlights Private Tour for kids and families

Take a guided walking tour around Madrid with a family-friendly focus. This 2.5-hour tour covers the city’s main highlights such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace and engages children, and adults, with trivia, games, and scavenger hunts. Learn about Madrid’s rich history from your guide and enjoy a tour that’s fun for the whole family.
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Gastronomic and History Tour in Madrid

Learn about Spanish culture through its world-famous food on a 4-hour walking tour of Madrid’s historic city center. Taste 12 dishes and four beverages, enough for a breakfast and hearty lunch, and meet the vendors behind each family-run eatery as you go.
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Private tour of Madrid and Las Rozas Village with driver and guide

Discover the beautiful Spanish capital on this full-day private tour of Madrid. Customize the itinerary to your preferences with your guide and see the famous landmarks of the city such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via. Then head to the Las Rozas Village shopping center and discover over 100 shops with up to 60% discounts and shop to your heart's content.
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Madrid Private Full Day Walking Tour with Lunch

Ideal for travelers with limited time in Madrid, this private 8-hour walking tour allows you to tick off more major Madrid attractions in less time. Alongside a personal guide, you’ll absorb the grandeur of Plaza Mayor, stroll down the bustling Gran Via boulevard, and admire the iconic clock tower in Puerta del Sol. Stop to sample ‘barquillo’ (Spanish liquor) and feast on a 3-course meal accompanied by wine and soft drinks in a popular local restaurant. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private, fully customizable tour.  
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Madrid Through the Centuries Walking Tour

Enrich your knowledge of Madrid’s captivating history on a 3-hour guided walking tour through the center of Spain’s vibrant capital. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, delve into the prosperous past of the city while visiting historical highlights such as the medieval center and Puerta del Sol. This educational experience promises to inform and intrigue in equal measure as tales of treachery, torture and treasure are recounted with wit and humor.
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Sightrunning Tour - Private Tour

Discover Madrid on your sneakers during this Private (1-2 pax) Running Tour with MADRID OUTDOOR SPORTS. You can choose from different lengths, varying between 8km and 21km. During these 2-3-hours private (1-2 pax) running tours, led by a guide passionate about sports and the city, you will get a complete overview of what the city has to offer while getting your exercise done. The itinerary and starting times are flexible. Also: an additional pick-up service is available if you prefer to start at a different location than your hotel lobby. Opt for a leisurely jog at a conversational pace with stops factored in, or ramp up the speed with a fast-paced run to cover more ground. Sightsee around town, passing attractions such as the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real), or explore parks like Casa de Campo or Buen Retiro Park. It’s an experience to suit all: avid runners, casual joggers or business travelers wanting to escape the hotel treadmill.
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Madrid Gastronomic Tour by Beetle

Imagine the feeling of air entered into a mythical vintage convertible car while discovering Madrid, its gastronomic, its streets and most representative monuments guided by a friendly driver who will tell you histories and anecdotes of Madrid. Hop on a mythical Convertible Beetle and spend a half day discovering Madrid while typical Spanish food taste a selection of the best taverns and bars in Madrid. You will be picked up at your hotel and will  take you to unique tour by Madrid full of style. Just relax and enjoy the breeze while experiencing the Spanish Culture.
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Madrid at Night Private Walking Tour

Visit the fascinating city of Madrid at night with its beautiful lights on this walking tour where you can enjoy a different way to appreciate the city!
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Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour

A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the 37 stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

Experience the unique flavor and culture of the Spanish capital on a history and tapas walking tour in Madrid, including dinner. Stroll through the winding, atmospheric streets of the old city center while your guide illuminates the many-layered history of sights like Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. Along the way, stop at several authentic tapas bars, where you’ll feast like a local on an array of traditional appetizer-sized dishes paired with Spanish wine, sangria and typical liquors.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace during a 3-hour excursion. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods, during which the city's palaces and central squares like Plaza Mayor and Puerto del Sol changed dramatically. Then visit the Spanish Royal Palace (Palacio Real) where you'll see the royal collections and admire its Baroque details. Finish your day at Madrid Rio, the city's newest public park. This Madrid sightseeing tour also includes all entrance fees and a soft drink refreshment.
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