Philip II ordered the construction of this plaza which was formerly known as “Plaza del Arrabal”,. The original was built it in the exact same location as it is now, but it was not the same Plaza Mayor that we can see today. It wasn’t 3 floors high, but 5 floors high, it was something…

1. Puerta del sol – “Puerta” means gate or door in Spanish, but there was not one in sight. It is however the true heart of Madrid. Whenever someone arranges to meet, they do right next to the bear and tree statue, “El oso y madroño”. That’s where they also meet for a Free Walking Tour…