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Plaza Mayor in Madrid

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Plaza Mayor was built in the 17th century during the reign of Philip III
We could say, without fear of being mistaken, that Plaza Mayor is one of the most representative icons of Madrid. Every day thousands of tourists walk its cobbled streets taking pictures and admiring the great surrounding buildings, especially the Bakery House which is decorated with beautiful frescos. The origin of this square dates back to the seventeenth century, a time of deep changes in Europe, when King Philip III decided to regenerate this area of Madrid and create a big square worthy of one of the major European capitals.
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Equestrian statue of King Philip III (1616)
Plaza Mayor, designed in Castilian style, is one of the finest examples of Madrid Baroque which is characterized by brick facades, slate roofs, spires and granite stone. This architectural style is also popularly known as “Madrid de los Austrias” (Habsburg Madrid) since it was developed during the reign of the Habsburg dynasty (1500-1700). Throughout history, Plaza Mayor witnessed important events that shaped the history of Madrid and Spain: battles, public executions, Autos da-fé, bullfights, murders, etc. without forgetting, of course, that during many years Plaza Mayor was used as a market where all kind of groceries and aromatic spices were sold.
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Façade of the Bakery House in Plaza Mayor
If you visit the Plaza Mayor on Sunday morning, you will discover a charming street market, which is held every sunday since 1920. Here you will find almost everything, specially collectors: from old stamps or buttons to ancient coins or toy soldiers. Book now and join our Madrid Free Walking Tour. You will discover Madrid in a different way, including interesting historical facts, legends and incredible stories.

Useful Information

Address: Plaza Mayor Metro: Sol (Lines 1,2,3 and Cercanias Renfe) / Opera (Line 5 and Ramal Opera-Principe Pío)

New measures to face COVID-19 and enjoy our tours with safety

SMALLER GROUPS
(MAX. 10 PEOPLE)

Our groups are now limited to 10 people, therefore it is required to book your spot in advance.

MANDATORY USE OF FACE MASK

Mandatory use of face masks for guides and customers. Following the Spanish legislation, the wearing of face masks in all public spaces is obligatory.

SOCIAL DISTANCING (2 METERS)

When available, we highly recommend to maintain 2-meters social distancing between all the participants of the tour.

HAND SANITIZER AVAILABLE

All our guides will be carrying hand sanitizer during the tour and it will be available during the whole route for you.

GUIDES EQUIPPED WITH VOICE AMPLIFIERS

You will hear the explanations perfectly, as your guide will be carrying a voice amplifier.

NO PAPER

You don´t need to print out your tour confirmation (just in case keep the email confirmation on your phone). Your name and last name will be enough for the guide to complete the check-in process.

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