Plaza del Dos de Mayo
28004 Madrid, Spain
Alonso Martínez & Bilbao
tel: +34 91 366 5477 (Tourist Information)
fax: +34 91 588 1636 (Tourist Information)
Today the Plaza del Dos de Mayo is a lively, popular spot for both young and old. The square is lined with trendy cafes and restaurants (that set out tables when the weather's nice) and has a children's playground and exercise equipment for senior citizens. People often gather with their friends on the stone benches surrounding the statues and the brick arch (the former entrance to the Monteleón barracks) dominating the square.
The Plaza del Dos de Mayo gets its name from the famous uprising during the War of Independence against the French, but it first became popular as a nightspot with Madrid's Movida cultural movement of the 1980s.