During the transition to democracy in Spain, many leftist demonstrations took place in this square, hence the name: Plaza Roja, or Red Square. It's the heart of the new part of Santiago, the Ensanche, one of the favorites places for locals to relax in good weather and enjoy a drink in one of its outdoor cafés or go shopping. No wonder, since several important avenues converge here, such as Fray Rosendo Salvado, Cuesta de la Camelia, or San Pedro de Mezonzo. The square, in addition to fashionable shops and banks, hosts various cultural activities and themed markets; it's not uncommon to find clothes and food stalls here on weekends. There's always a good atmosphere and plenty of young people to liven it up.
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