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Held in Plaza Mayor – the vast, ar­caded square at the heart of the Span­ish cap­i­tal – this year’s Christ­mas mar­ket prom­ises to be ex­tra spe­cial as 2017 marks the 400th an­niver­sary of the fa­mous plaza. As far back as the 17th cen­tury, a Christ­mas mar­ket was held in the streets o the square, but even­tu­ally the stall­hold­ers moved into Plaza Mayor and the mar­ket is now a ma­jor high­light in the cal­en­dar. Lo­cals and visi­tors come here to buy tra­di­tional na­tiv­ity fig­ures and wreaths, marzi­pan sweets and tur­rón, the creamy nougat that is cut from gi­ant slabs and a pop­u­lar fes­tive treat. If the ex­pe­ri­ence whets your ap­petite, brace your­self for the Sun­day flea mar­ket El Ras­tro, a true Madrile­nian ex­pe­ri­ence.

* From 24th Novem­ber to 31st De­cem­ber; es­madrid.com/en

Join in the fes­tive 400thanniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of Plaza Mayor in Madrid, the scenic set­ting for the mar­ket

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