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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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A very enjoyable and...
Lydia_G, Nov 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
A very enjoyable and interesting wine tasting. A nice introduction to Spanish wine. Great value for money.
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Loved it
AgnesNan_F, Nov 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
I was in Madrid for my birthday with two friends. We had a fab time at the wine tasting and it was very informative, Luke was a great host and made the night fun. Would recommend it if visiting Madrid.
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Excellent experience
Janette_L, Oct 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Excellent host - not your typical tasting experience in a good way. Not the usual stuffy educational piece although we did learn about Spanish wine
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Funny and smart overview of wine in Spain
Enrique_T, Oct 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Perfect experience for a traveller who wants to get an un biased overall view of various aspects of wine in Spain and how they differ from other countries. In a solid hour of great entertainment, Luke was very funny and knowledgeable. He unveils the BS about wine and presents numerous useful tips that make me more comfortable around wine.
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Wonderful host and wine experience
Nadia_M, Sep 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Wonderful wine tasting experience. The host joined us as we tasted the wines. He was absolutely wonderful and friendly. My family and I truly enjoyed this activity.
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Madrid local approved! Its a must!
Ashley_A, Jun 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
This place is fantastic! A local in Madrid, I consider this place a must visit whether you living in Madrid or are here on vacation. The owners are fun, enthusiastic, professional and very knowledgeable. This is my go to wine shop and wine tasting venue. I have done several wine tastings here and I always have a blast!
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Thoroughly Enjoyable!
Abigail_W, May 2021
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Excellent time- our host was lively and we learned so much while having good laughs and enjoying the wine. Will be highly recommending to my friends and coming back to visit the shop!
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Conversation
lavdim_a, Oct 2020
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
AMAZING! it was my first wine tasting (with my girlfriend) and we had so much fun with Luke as the host. I will buy my wine just there!
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Good wines and good information
Daniel_S, Mar 2020
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Great atmosphere and good casual Spanish wine information. We had a good time with Roque and went for lunch with the rest of participants afterwards.
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Fun, informative wine tasting!
Kelly, Feb 2020
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
Great way to spend a little over an hour in Madrid! Learned a ton about Spanish wine and the proper way to taste. Fun to meet other participants from all over the world. Roque was knowledgeable, personable and had us all laughing. We got to try 3 different wines. Would definitely recommend!
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Brilliant experience
David, Feb 2020
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
An absolutely brilliant and informative experience! I’d recommend it to anyone. You’ll learn something I guarantee you.... Great value for money!
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Awesome time!!
Catherine_L, Feb 2020
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
We had a wonderful time!! Luke was a great host and it was an awesome experience at a good price. We'll be back!

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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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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