Plaza de Espana in Madrid Madrid's main avenue, the Gran Via, ends at the Plaza de España, one of the city's busiest traffic intersections. It is a square featuring a large fountain and a monument to Cervantes, the great figure of Spanish literature known for writing "Don Quixote". A sculpture of Cervantes overlooks that fictional character in a bronze statue that also depicts Sancho Panza, who was Don Quixote's squire in the novel. Don Quixote's sweetheart Dulcinea is found on the left-hand side. Since this is one of Madrid's most central points, and is also very close to many of the major sights and attractions, this area of Madrid makes an excellent base for your stay and we list here several nearby accommodation options. Two of the city's largest buildings are found adjacent to the plaza, the Torre de Madrid (with its height of 142 metres, for a while the tallest concrete structure in Europe) and the "Edificio España", both dating from the 1950s.turkeyarena.com The square itself dates back to the 18th century, when it was occupied by military barracks. Today it is surrounded by plenty of shade, although it is also a popular spot for sunbathing and street vendors on the sunnier days. The Royal Palace is also only a short walk from here.