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Plaza Mayor

Dating back to the 17th century, Plaza Mayor is the cobble-stoned heart of Madrid and the main point of reference for many of the city’s residents and visitors. Wander your way down the narrow streets that lead off the square and you will find all sorts of colorful shops and boutiques, many housed in ancient ateliers and workshops.


Plaza de Oriente

The Plaza de Oriente is a pedestrianized square bordering Madrid’s Palacio Real. The square was laid out in the mid-19th century and is adorned with small gardens and many statues.


Plaza de la Villa

The Plaza de la Villa is one of the most important squares in Madrid de los Austrias – the historical center of Madrid. It is a medieval square where some of the oldest buildings in Madrid are located: the Casa and Torre de los Lujanes, the Casa de la Villa and the Casa Cisneros.


Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles, or Cibeles Square, is a famous square and a landmark in the heart of Madrid. A Neoclassical fountain and statues and sculptures made of marble have been placed in the center of the square and, together with the Palacio de Cibeles, have become an important symbol of the city.


Mercado de San Miguel

The historic Mercado de San Miguel, just off Plaza Mayor, has become one of the liveliest culinary spots in the city since it reopened in 2009 after a nearly six-year restoration. Prices are higher than Madrid’s more traditional markets, but neither the atmosphere nor the food at the market’s 30+ stalls disappoints.


Palacio de Cibeles (CentroCentro)

The Palacio de Cibeles, located in the heart of Madrid, is the most important building in the Plaza de Cibeles.


Banco de España

The Banco de España, located in the heart of Madrid, is the headquarters of the most important financial institution in the country.