Once the centre of Old Madrid, Plaza Mayor was built in the late 1500s and is one of the larger, central plazas in the city. At the plaza’s centre sits a bronze, equestrian statue of Philip III, constructed in 1616
When you arrive, you’ll find yourself in an open rectangular area surrounded by historic buildings with period architecture. The plaza often holds big events, so perhaps you will be lucky enough to see markets, football games, or public exhibitions.
This is a great place to spend the afternoon picture-taking, perusing shops, visiting the popular Bakery House on the square, or simply soaking up the sun and watching the world go by.