Plaza de España Madrid. Plaza in Madrid, Spain

Plaza de España Madrid

Plaza in Madrid, Spain

Jardines de Plaza de España Photo © Ana Ramirez de Arellano

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Plaza de España Madrid

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20070522 Madrid: Plaza de Espana - Plaza de España Madrid. Photo by Larry Wentzel
The great Plaza de España is one of the most popular and largest public squares in central Madrid, Spain. Filled with imposing monuments, statues, trees and old sculptures, the square is always bustling with locals and tourists, and street vendors and artists. Highlights are the Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Monument, dedicated to the writer of Don Quixote (Wikipedia Article), a large fountain and two of the city’s most striking skyscrapers. The Plaza de España lies at the end of the magnificent Gran Via and a very short distance to the north of the Royal Palace Madrid.

History

The Plaza de España dates back to the 18th century, when it was occupied by military barracks – which was mainly due to its location close to the Royal Palace. Those old barracks were demolished later and the area became a public park. Starting in the 1950s, the square became an increasingly popular public meeting place. This was also when two of the largest buildings in Madrid were erected: the Edificio de España and the Torre de Madrid, which were respectively finished in 1953 and 1957.

Features

The two skyscrapers are two landmarks of the square. With a height of 466 feet, the Torre de Madrid was even the tallest building in the world at the time of construction. Other features include the Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, a large fountain, sculptures, beautiful street lamps and numerous benches.

Jardines de Plaza de España -
	Plaza de España Madrid
Jardines de Plaza de España - Plaza de España Madrid. Photo by Ana Ramirez de Arellano

Visiting Plaza de España

Edificio España - Plaza de
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Edificio España - Plaza de España Madrid. Photo by Maciej Janiec
This green square is a major meeting place in the city and, especially in summer, is always filled with sunbathers, tourists, locals, street artists, painters, performers and vendors. It’s a pleasant area to stroll around in and conveniently connect the Gran Via with the Royal Palace, two other major highlights in the city.

How to Get There

Locate in the heart of Madrid – it is one of the city’s most central locations – at the end of the Gran Via and near the Royal Palace Madrid, the Plaza de España is easily reached on foot from anywhere in the city center. It’s conveniently located near nearly all major attractions. The area is also served by three subway lines – lines M2, M3 and M10 all stop at the Plaza de España subway station.

Similar and Nearby Landmarks

Other fantastic public squares and plazas in the Spanish capital are the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol. Additionally Madrid landmarks include the great Buen Retiro Park, the Prado Museum and Almudena Cathedral.

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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Mar 02, 2015

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