Plaza Mayor simple translates into ‘Main Square’ and that is exactly what it is. This square was built in the 1500’s and was once the heart of Old Madrid; today, it is located in centre of modern Madrid and is one of the most popular places to visit in Madrid of eating, shopping, drinking, walking and soaking in the Spanish sunshine. In the centre of the square is a magnificent bronze statue of King Philip III who commissioned the square to be built. Located a stone’s throw away from Plaza Mayor is Puerta de Sol, another major public square in Madrid. If you’re wondering, the name translates into ‘Gate of the Sun’ and this space marks ‘kilometre zero’ in Madrid from which all routes are then measured.