Madrid Plaza de la Villa
As one of Madrid’s principal landmarks, several walking, Segway, bike, tuk-tuk, and sightseeing tours pass by Plaza de la Villa, with various durations that will adapt to almost any traveler’s schedule. However, if you’re keen to explore the Plaza in greater depth or alongside a few more off-beat attractions, private tours are also available. You can even combine an insight into Spanish history or gastronomy with a stop at Plaza de la Villa.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Plaza de la Villa is located in the heart of Madrid, making it a must for visitors seeing the city for the first time.
- Art fans should go inside Casa de la Villa to marvel at the Goya painting.
- The Madrid-style Baroque architecture on display there makes for great photos, as do the old buildings and central statue.
- Cobblestones and 16th-century buildings may make Plaza de la Villa a difficult place for those with mobility issues to navigate.
How to Get There
Plaza de la Villa lies at the heart of Madrid and is well-connected by public transport. The two closest Metro stations are Ópera and Sol, through which Lines 1, 2, 3, 5, and R cross. It’s also easily accessible on foot for travelers staying in the central Madrid districts.
When to Get There
Plaza de la Villa is a public square accessible year-round. To enjoy it at its tranquil best, early mornings are the best times to stop by, while—much like the rest of Madrid—the square is bustling with locals and tourists by both day and night. Generally speaking, weekends tend to be busier too, so avoid the crowds and go midweek.
Nearby attractions for history fans While Plaza de la Villa has near-universal appeal for travelers in Madrid, it will be of special interest to history buffs. A visit to the Casa de Cisneros—a Gothic castle built in 1537—is highly recommended, while the red-brick Mudejar-style Torre de los Lujanes is equally intriguing. Nearby, you’ll also find the San Miguel Basilica and the Segovia Viaduct. If you’d like more in-depth insight into Plaza de la Villa’s history, many walking or sightseeing tours can offer that too.
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- San Miguel Market (Mercado de San Miguel)
- Plaza Mayor
- House Museum of Mouse Perez (Casa Museo de Ratón Pérez)
- La Taberna de Mister Pinkleton
- Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Real Monasterio de la Encarnación)
- Sobrino de Botín
- Sabatini Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini)
- Cafe de Chinitas
- Official Real Madrid Store El Carmen
- Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)
- Gran Vía
- Plaza de Oriente
- Almudena Cathedral (Catedral de la Almudena)
- Puerta del Sol