There are many ways to spend your time and money at this attractive central square: stroll around and admire the architecture... More
There are many ways to spend your time and money at this attractive central square: stroll around and admire the architecture and the murals or even buy an original watercolor from one of the many pavement artists. During the Middle Ages, merchants congregated here to live and sell their wares. When Felipe II established the Court in Madrid, he decided that this square should be reserved for special occasions, and it started to take its present shape from 1790 onwards. The statue in the center is of Felipe III.
As a student at the University of Madrid Complutense, I spent many hours in and around the Plaza Mayor. What a wonderful place to sit in an outdoor cafe and peoplewatch. The mesones are cozy and lively places to share some sangria and cheese. A cultural bounty.