Plaza Mayor is a main square of Madrid. It was built during Philip III’s reign from 1598-1621. A rectangular shape and surrounded by 3 story residential buildings with balconies. There are 9 entrances to the Plaza.
Over its years of use, it has seen public markets, bullfights, football games and public executions during the Spanish Inquisition. The statue in the center of the Plaza is a bronze of King Philip III that was created in 1616.
Lower levels of the Plaza are filled with restaurants and cafes. People watching and grabbing a great meal or cup of coffee is on the menu here. One of my favorite places to visit is Las Cuevas or the Caves in English. There are several small tapas restaurants that are great for eating drinking and taking in the atmosphere.
Nearby is Restaurante Botín. It is the oldest restaurant in the world, founded in 1725. A great experience for us and apparently Ernest Hemingway’s favorite restaurant.