Plaza Mayor de Madrid
How can I get from Plaza del Sol to Plaza Mayor? This is a question heard many times in Sol, Spain´s 0-kilometer point. Well, here goes an easy answer: to get from Plaza del Sol to Plaza Mayor, you have to take Calle Mayor until you reach Calle Postas, which is the street that is filled with souvenir shops and ends in the Plaza Mayor. This arcaded plaza of 129 meters long is one of Madrid´s icons has suffered three major fires and has been restored on multiple occasions, a jewel that should not be lost in Madrid’s center.
Restaurants and tapas bars have multiplied, but there are still some shops that have persisted over decades and still have that traditional feel. The Mercado de San Miguel is very close to Plaza Mayor, and also the distric of La Latina, famous for its night-life and tapas bars.
In the past Plaza Mayor was a place of gathering for the city. This meant that everything from fairs, to bullfights to executions, were held there.
The terraces of this plaza are very popular places to have a drink but if you want something a bit more traditional, you should definitely head to one of the local bars whose specialty is the calamari sandwich (one of the most typical things to enjoy in Madrid) . You can enjoy it whilst looking at the Felipe III statue or “La Casa de la Panadería”, previously the city’s largest bakery.
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