We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (8,525)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“christmas market”(127 reviews)
“people watching”(361 reviews)
Huge plaza packed with cafes, bars and tourists.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Madrid
Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Ways to Experience Plaza Mayor
from US$20.00
More Info
from US$41.70
More Info
from US$106.00
More Info
from US$29.70
More Info
Reviews (21,200)
Filter reviews
6,488 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewschristmas marketstreet performerspeople watchingbeautiful squarebig squaresouvenir shopswatch the worldtapasworth a visitpuerta del solglass of winepaellaspidermantouristsarchitectureperimetercoins
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 6,488 reviews
Reviewed today

Nothing special.. Similar to any European plaza. Many restaurants, cafe's, and souvenir shops available all around.

Thank Popotnika
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My boyfriend and I had read lots about this major tourist attraction. When we arrived to the destination it was nothing like we imagined. Sure it was cool to see the architecture and balconies, but we didn’t see much more than that. We ate at...More

Thank krnolan_10
Reviewed yesterday

Plaza Mayor was under construction while we were there. It's a giant square surrounded by colonnades that offer access to tapas bars, restaurants and shops focused heavily on the tourist trade. While we were glad to see it the areas closed to scaffolding and the...More

Thank stevenbgodfrey
Reviewed yesterday

A must visit in Madrid, not just to enjoy a lovely meal at one of the outdoor restaurants, but to view the nude frescos facades that were covered for years under Franco's rule.

Thank rraposo2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great plaza with lots of tapas and activities going on. Also a great place to sit down and people watch.

Thank malvarezo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a Air b-n-b close by so we were here every day of our stay.. always full of people and excitement.. the restaurants are plentiful and good but they are really ready for tourists- still we ate there several times - they also have...More

Thank 804joelw
Reviewed yesterday

This is the perfect place to enjoy a drink any time in the day, go and buy some souvenirs, enjoy some tapas and more beer, enjoy your meals, and always comeback. All the area is very clean and maintained carefully, the restaurants around Plaza mayor...More

Thank Gustavoadolfo
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Whenever we stay in Madrid, we always pick a place near this plaza. Mainly because of the number of great restaurants and the many activities it has to offer.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday

If you are foreiner but you do not come to Plaza Mayor, you did not come to Madrid. Many tipical restaurants and shop with more than a century of live. It is a place for keep in heart. I highly recommend to visit, specially in...More

Thank paulaB9555HI
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plaza mayor is the core of Madrid de lis Austrias and therefore the best example of this unique XVI-XVII century architecture. It can become a bit crowded and touristic but overall it has a lot of charm and some great restaurants nearby. Still a magical...More

Thank Ricardo B
View more reviews
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street
performers, colorful lights, window shopping,
restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and
churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a
collection of plazas interconnected by a network of
side streets. Some of these side streets are wide
pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so
it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Mary B
9 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Where to stay is a tough question. There's such a variety of accommodation in all the European cities. Your best bet is to use one of the sites that shows prices and locations on a map, put in your criteria, and see what... More
27 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Oenedgar | Reviewed this property |
You might want to consider the Hotel Claridge 4*. It is a bit closer to the Prado and St. Jeranimos. All said, there a lots of churches and taxis are clean, plentiful and in expensive so you might also consider Hotel... More
5 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Liz D | Reviewed this property |
Plaza Major is a square where you can eat/drink at various different bars/restaurants right in the middle of Madrid. There's so much to do near here I would definitely include it on any Madrid list