The Plaza Mayor in Madrid is open 24 hours a day, daily.
The Plaza Mayor is a treat both in the busy daytime and the tranquil nighttime.
Bordered by red-brick buildings with pointed turrets and countless miniature balconies and arcades, Plaza Mayor square was the Baroque centerpiece of Habsburg Madrid.
It was Philip II who commissioned the Plaza Mayor project and Philip III who finished the endeavor in 1619.
Contemplate the ornate shield that celebrates the square’s current name, the vivid erotic murals on the main facade, and the Crown of Carlos II atop the bakery.
It used to be an arena for bullfights, a theatre for heretics' punishments, a space for royal processions, and Madrid’s main food market. It was planted with trees and decorated with fountains until the breakout of the Spanish Civil War and hosted its participants afterward. A parking lot in the 1960s, it is now a beloved touristic hotspot.
The Plaza Mayor is located in central Madrid. To get there, you can take the subway to Puerta del Sol, Callao, and Opera stations or buses to Callao, Benavente, Puerta Cerrada, Gran Vía – Callao, and Plaza Mayor stations.
Be guided step by step as you walk the winding streets of old Madrid towards Plaza Mayor and get introduced to its history with the in-app audio tour Madrid by Foot – Highlights of the City.
The Plaza Mayor is a public space, so the entrance is free.