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Córdoba Private Guided Day Tour from Madrid
"Enjoy this private 8 hour tour with your guide and get to the historical city of Cordoba very comfortably in a fast train service. The tour will start off with a ride from Madrid's ATOCHA train station and then travel comfortably by fast train to your official tour guide will meet you at the train station and your private tour will start. Your tour is completely personalized to fit your own needs. The tour will be organized taking into account what you want. An example of what some of the Jewish quarter and Gothic architecture and roman remains.The tour will finish off at the same meeting point.""""Once you visit Madrid and have a day to spare you cannot miss on a visit to Cordoba. Embark on an amazing full-day excursion. Explore Cordoba’s Moorish monuments with your private tour guide and emerge yourself in the historical streets and admire the great architecture."title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+full-day+tour+to+Cordoba+from+Madrid&2=Ride+the+fast+train+with+a+guide+through+the+scenic+Andalusian+countryside&3=See+highlights+of+the+city%27s+UNESCO-listed+historic+center&4=Step+inside+Cardoba%27s+famous+cathedral+built
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Madrid Full Day by High Speed Train from different points in Spain
"Transfer by your own to the High Speed Railway Station to take the morning High Speed Train to Madrid. Arrival in Madrid. Free time to discover this magnificent city considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. We include an afternoon city tour at 15.00 h (meeting at 14.45 h) in our VPT Terminal at C/ Ferraz 3. The best tour to get acquainted with the city. During approximated 2:30 hours we’ll see the most important buildings avenues and squares to know the monuments and its history from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present modern city: Gran Vía Plaza de España University
From EUR165.00
Madrid Full Day Tour by High Speed Train from Valencia
"Transfer by your own to Valencia Railway Station to take the morning High Speed Train to Madrid. In Madrid you will have free time to discover this magnificent city considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is included an afternoon city tour at 15.00 h (meeting at 14.45 h) in the terminal. Enjoy visiting this amazing city during 2.30 hour where you will see the most important buildings avenues and squares to know the monuments and its history from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present modern city: Gran Vía Plaza de España University Moncloa
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Plaza Mayor Tips (15)

Ride with the statue to the past - Plaza Mayor

Favorite thing Plaza Mayor was fascinating to me as it was not at all similar to than to be in hectic downtown. I enjoyed the air and space around me, the old big statues, the historical nicely painted buildings - and my refreshment after a long walk.

Plaza Mayor is definitely one place where I would take my first-timer guest.

Fondest memory When talking about Plaza Mayor - please see above.

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Jan 31, 2007

Plaza Mayor.

Favorite thing This square was initially built between 1617 and 1620 on the request of King Felipe II. After a terrible fire it was totally redesigned in 1790.

Over the centuries it was used as marketplace, bullring, inquisition and execution place.

In Plaza Mayor there are some shops; many cafes and restaurants. There is also a tourist office.

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Mar 03, 2006

The Plaza Mayor

Favorite thing The Plaza Mayor is right next to the Peurta del Sol and a great place for everything. There will be lots of people leasurly walking around they are plenty of shopping opportunities, tapas bars and nightlife. Another great meeting point and general area to spend a day!

Since its creation, the Plaza Mayor has apparently seen festivities, bull fights, royal coronations and executions. These would be attended by as many as 50,000 people.

Fondest memory The Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square in the center of Madrid is very popular spot. The symmetrical rectangular square features a uniform architecture, very similar to the contemporary Place des Vosges in Paris.

During the middle ages the site was just a market place outside the city walls. In the 1560s, King Philip II asked Juan de Herrera, architect of the Escorial, to turn the market place into a real square. It would take until 1617, during the reign of King Philips III, before the construction of the new Plaza Mayor started. Under the direction of Herrera's successor, Juan Gómez de la Mora, the plaza was completed in just two years.

The result was a large square, measuring 120m long and 90m wide (394ft x 295ft). It was surrounded by wooden buildings, at one point up to six stories high. Fires destroyed all the buildings around the Plaza Mayor three times in history: in 1631, 1672 and 1790. Each time they were rebuilt, the last reconstruction after a design by Juan de Villanueva is what we see today.

The Plaza Mayor is just a short walk from the Peurta Del Sol area as well.

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Nov 02, 2004

Plaza Mayor

Favorite thing The first day we decided to continue towards Plaza Mayor. It really is one of the most incredible places I have seen so far. The shape, the buildings, the golden glow of the afternoon Sun, the people enjoying a glass of wine… a fantastic spot.

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Mar 06, 2004
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Events at the Plaza Mayor

Favorite thing Frequently check the newspaper for any events that may be happening at the Plaza. During the weekend of my stay, there was an exhibition of Andalusian horses. It's beautiful to watch these horses prance around in synchronous patterns.

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Feb 25, 2004

'en Madrid What's on'

Favorite thing Ok so here's a little reccommendation:

When you arrive in Madrid for the first time, go to Plaza Mayor and find the tourist information office and ask for 'en Madrid What's on' magazine and they'll give you one for free! I found this very useful as it's comes out monthly therefore is always up-to-date! You can find info about places of interest, theatres, shopping, restaurants, sports, exhibitions, flamenco, fairs, nightclubs and so on... Plus a helpful city map in the middle!

If you're staying in Madrid for around 3 days, then you may want to buy the 'Madrid Card' which entitles you to free admissions to 40 of the top museums, free use of public transport and the 'Madrid Vision' tour bus and also discounts in shops, restaurants, shows etc...
Price: 1 day-28Eur, 2 days-42Eur, 3 days-55Eur

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Jan 17, 2004

Casa de la Panadería

Favorite thing This is at the Plaza Mayor at your right side if you come from Plaza del Sol.

It is easy to recognise from all the buildings because of the frescos paintings on its facade.

the last times I visited was on reconstruction, so it was nice to see all renewed.

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Jan 13, 2004


Favorite thing Conveniently located in downtown Madrid, this 17th century wide, open square/ courtyard is a common meeting place for tourists and the locals alike. It was once a place of great importance where public executions, great festivals and the crowning of the king took place.

Today, this whole area is filled with lovely tapa bars and souvenir shops.

If you wish to people-watch, the Plaza Mayor is also a good place to conduct your 'hobby'. ;-)

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Dec 26, 2003
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"¡Bienvenido a Madrid!/Welcome to Madrid!"
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"Madrid is where I live"
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"Madrid: My home for 3 fantastic weeks!"
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"Home is where you're always from"
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Favorite thing This time Madrid behaved too officially indeed and decided to make the first introduction on Plaza Mayor, however I didn't expect it to be that formal.
But then, when it saw me in the middle of the square totally lost, deafened by the crowd of other guests, surprised and bewildered at the same time... it colored the facedes in pink with the help of the settling sun, switched on chansons played on accordion by some French looking Spaniard, turned on the lanterns in the open air restaurant and set my eyes on a fragile angel standing still on a box with her hands put together in a pray.... and I suddenly relaxed, calmed down and smiled to Madrid. All in all I liked the introduction...

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Dec 09, 2003

Plaza Mayor

Favorite thing The books all say you should check out the Plaza Mayor and so you must! Try to do your discovering in the early morning hours as the restauranteurs and shopkeepers are just considering opening up for the day, so you have the area more or less to yourself. Walk around and think that hmmmm, you missed out on the public executions by a mere three or four centuries...

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Jun 21, 2003

Plaza Mayor

Favorite thing Spend some time at PLAZA MAYOR: A 17th century square where bullfights, executions & the Spanish Inquisition were held long time ago. Now, it is filled with cafes & craft shops. The plaza was built in 1617.

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Feb 21, 2003

Visit OLD Madrid

Favorite thing Visit OLD Madrid: This is where PLAZA MAYOR, PALACIO DE SANTA CRUZ, CATEDRAL DE SAN ISIDRO & PUERTA DEL SOL are located.

Fondest memory Wandering around the square, absorbing the ambience & excitement of a new city & just be... was very fun & exciting! Although not speaking a single word of Spanish was a little tough... the sandwich man was looking at me with a wierd expression, hahahaha...

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Feb 21, 2003

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Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

Train lovers lookie here! The Railroad Museum includes exhibitions of steam, electric and diesel trains and wagons. They have 4 rooms featuring infrastructure and models of foreign and Spanish trains....
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Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - in short: Museo Reina Sofía - is Madrids leading modern art museum. Established 1992, it began to take over the Prado Collection of 20th century modern...
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La Casa Encendida

So La Casa Encendida is a kind of socially-conscious project/creative and learning space sponsored by the Caja Madrid bank.... The building has several floors with various different spaces, most...
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El Parque del Buen Retiro

The Retiro Park (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is the largest Public Park in Madrid and was formerly a private park of the Spanish Monarchy. This park has historical significance as is was formerly...
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Retiro Park

Retiro Park is one of the top places I visited when in Madrid. With around 125 hectares of grounds to explore and numerous routes and walkways around the park, you will not get bored here. Many of the...
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Palacio Cristal

We found Palacio Cristal accidentally on the walk around Retiro park. There leads a path under trees and opens into a lake, where live turtles and dugs. In the middle of the lake sprays a fountain. On...
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