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Plaza Mayor Tours

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Plaza Mayor
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.
Address: Madrid, Spain
Admission: Free
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Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor

Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor

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We demystify Spanish wine in a fun way, with no pretentiousness, witty banter and bad jokes. Oh, and we try lovely wines!
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  • 1 hour
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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

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Get a taste for the top attractions in Madrid on this panoramic tour of the city by coach. Stop by well-known Madrid landmarks like the city's Alcalá Gate, its Palacio Real, and Cybele's Fountain. Along the way, tour historic plazas like Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa, see intriguing neighborhoods like Barrio de la Morería and view the city's grand boulevards, listening as your guide shares details on their history and significance. This tour of Madrid offers both morning and afternoon departure times.
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  • 3 hours
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Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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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 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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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
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Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

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Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a delicious tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample delicious tapas dishes at popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by items like Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more. To keep this experience intimate, group size is limited to 12 people.
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Express tour in Madrid by electric tuk-tuk

Express tour in Madrid by electric tuk-tuk

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A 60-minute tour of Madrid so you can get to know the city comfortably and at a glance. Our guides will recommend the best areas to visit and take you on a tour that will give you an idea of what the city has to offer. Ideal for a first contact with the place and for a quick visit, if you are little in the city you can get to know it entirely with Eco Tuk Tuk. Make your stay in Madrid an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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  • 1 hour
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Madrid Segway City center tour 1 Hour

Madrid Segway City center tour 1 Hour

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Save your energy by sightseeing on an electric Segway during this short tour that includes a visit to the Egyptian Temple of Debod. Learn to ride and maneuver your Segway and roll into the city center to see the opulent Royal Palace, Plaza de Espana and more. Next, visit the ancient temple gifted to Spain from Egypt and erected at one of the highest vistas in Madrid.  
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Best of Madrid Guided Tour including Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol & Royal Palace

Best of Madrid Guided Tour including Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol & Royal Palace

This 2.5-hour walking tour of Madrid is a great way to explore the city’s main highlights such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and the Royal Palace. Hear from your guide about Madrid’s rich history and enjoy this informative and entertaining tour. • Discover the best of Madrid on this 2.5 hour walking tour. • See highlights such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and the Royal Palace. • Enjoy a personalised experience with your own private tour guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$193.14
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Highlights of Madrid by Bike

Highlights of Madrid by Bike

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Admire the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a bicycle tour of Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, cycle at a leisurely pace to important monuments like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Stop intermittently to listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide, and to capture photographs of Madrid’s historical and architectural highlights. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

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Treat your taste buds to this 3.5-hour walking tapas tour of Madrid! Gain insight into the cherished Spanish culinary tradition from your local guide as you visit four or five eateries around the city on a lunch or dinner tour. Sample authentic tapas like Iberian ham, locally produced cheeses and paella, accompanied by regional wine or beer at each stop. All tapas and drinks are included, so be sure to bring your walking shoes and your appetite!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

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Experience the unique flavor and culture of the Spanish capital on a history and tapas walking tour in Madrid, including dinner. Stroll through the atmospheric streets of the old city center while your guide illuminates the many-layered history of sights like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Along the way, stop at several authentic tapas bars, to feast like a local on an array of traditional appetizer-sized dishes paired with Spanish wine, sangria, and typical liquors.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

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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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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

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One of the darkest and most fascinating chapters in the history of Spain is the Spanish Inquisition, when power centralized under the unified Spanish kingdom. On this walking tour that's perfect for history fans, learn how the brutal tribunals played out in Madrid. Uncover the legends of the Inquisition, its key players, and how torture was used against its victims. By the end of the tour, see Madrid through the lens of history.
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  • 2 hours
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Madrid Evening Tapas Adventure Walking Tour with a Local

Madrid Evening Tapas Adventure Walking Tour with a Local

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Get a taste of Madrid’s culinary scene on a tapas walking tour led by a guide. Explore the local haunts in three of the city's neighborhoods, sampling tapas and learning about the history of Madrid’s literary quarter as you go. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Highlights Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance

Madrid Highlights Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance

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Experience the best Madrid has to offer on this combination excursion covering a Real Madrid stadium tour and city sightseeing trip. First, explore the architecture that has shaped this Spanish capital, exploring the city’s Moorish origins along with the key structures of its Habsburg and Bourbon eras. Then, head to the legendary Santiago Bernabeu stadium for a behind-the-scenes visit inside this legendary team’s locker rooms, bench and presidential box. This Madrid combination trip also includes admission for the Bernabeu tour, a guide, and transport by coach.
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Majestic Madrid Walking Tour

Majestic Madrid Walking Tour

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Madrid is a grand, picturesque city with so much to see that it's easy to miss the top attractions. On this guided walking tour, travelers get outside of the city center and uncover the hidden side of Madrid. See the city's stunning, 20th century architecture, its most literary neighborhood, and the house where Miguel de Cervantes wrote his magnum opus, Don Quixote. Along the way, learn about the history of Madrid and the Bourbon Dynasty.
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Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

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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 more. 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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  • 3 hours
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Madrid Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour Including La Latina and Lavapiés

Madrid Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour Including La Latina and Lavapiés

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Discover the rich history and prosperous present of Spain’s capital city on a walking tour of Madrid. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, return to the 17th century as you discover the historical heart of Madrid; stroll the serpentine streets of La Latina to observe antique architecture and note the contrast between the chic modernity of new structures. Explore the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés to witness the rich cultural tapestry of Asian, African and Asian influences and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to only 12 people.
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Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show

Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show

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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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  • 4 hours
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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Toledo Half-Day Trip from Madrid

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Toledo Half-Day Trip from Madrid

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Combine two incredible tours and save money with the Madrid Super Saver tour; delve into the medieval myriad of Toledo, a treasure trove replete with El Greco artworks and ancient architecture, and discover the best of Madrid on a panoramic sightseeing tour. In the morning, see Madrid's spectacular sights on a comfortable coach. Pass by Gran Via and the Castellana and see Plaza de España and Puerta de Alcala. Then head to Toledo in the afternoon to stroll along the cobbled streets and hear of the city’s rich history from your guide. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back in Madrid.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid, Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona - 9 Day Tour

Madrid, Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona - 9 Day Tour

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Discover the best of Spain on this 9-day tour from Madrid. With an expert guide, visit must-see Spanish cities, with guided sightseeing and free time in each to explore independently. Experience the delights of Madrid, see Cordoba’s Great Mosque, explore charm-laden Seville, and visit Granada’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace and Generalife. Then, finish your Spain itinerary with time in Valencia and beautiful, buzzing Barcelona. 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts and air-conditioned coach transport are included, making this Spain vacation itinerary one of the most comprehensive available.
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Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour

Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour

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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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  • 2 hours
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$47.08
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Half-Day Madrid History and Legends Private Walking Tour

Half-Day Madrid History and Legends Private Walking Tour

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See Madrid like an insider on this private 4-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. The tour can be customized to suit your interests, whether you want to check out the city’s arts scene, see the most famous landmarks, get the inside scoop on the best places to dine or delve into the Spanish capital’s fascinating history. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide, and recharge like a true Madrileño with a stop for drinks and tapas.
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  • 4 hours
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$185.49
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8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Spain’s rich Andalusia region and the medieval city of Toledo on an 8-day tour of Spain from Madrid. Visit an impressive array of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites as you explore the diverse country; delve into the richly decorated chambers of Granada’s Alhambra complex on a guided tour; relish the powdery sands of the Costa del Sol’s beaches; and observe a cosmopolitan combination of cultures in Toledo, a medieval walled city boasting a remarkable architectural tableau. Stay in 3- or 4-star accommodation for seven nights and enjoy informative guided tours and transportation by luxury coach.
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  • 8 days
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