In this post I’m going to be highlighting Madrid’s best plazas (according to me).
“Plaza-hopping” is a fun thing to do. Plus, it’s free. Let’s face it, traveling Europe can get expensive, and who doesn’t love doing something free and fun!? It’s easy to spend an entire day going from one plaza to the next, as each has something unique to offer – from shopping, music, and food, to statues, fountains, and fun architecture. Not to mention, the walk from one to the next is absolutely fantastic. Madrid is such a lovely city to walk around, with so much to offer!
Plaza’s (and the areas in between), pictured below (in no particular order):
Plaza de Espana is a short walk from the palace, at the end of Gran Via. It features a pretty fountain as well as statues.
Plaza de la Villa is a quaint square, located near Plaza Mayor (see below). It’s utterly adorable with many notable buildings, like the old town hall and a statue of a famous Spanish admiral.
Plaza del Callao is a crazy-busy, art-deco style square that’s known as the cinematic and theater hub of Madrid.
Plaza Mayor is probably one of the most famous plaza’s in Madrid. It’s rectangle shape is easily recognizable, as are the balconies surrounding the plaza. Visitors will enjoy cafe’s that feature amazing tapas and wine.
Plaza de Oriente is located right by the palace, and offers statues and gardens.
Plaza de Santa Ana has monuments dedicated to Spain’s famous writers. At one end, visitors will find Madrid’s oldest theater, as well as enjoy surrounding restaurants and cafes.
Plaza Puerta del Sol is easily one of Madrid’s busiest plazas. It contains many well known sights, including the famous clock tower, as well as statues. Visitors flock to nearby restaurants and shoppes, as this plaza is located in the very heart of Madrid.
And now onto the pictures…
More from Madrid still to come!