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Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)

C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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As featured in 3 days in Madrid
Ranked #67 of 439 attractions in Madrid
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.
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Braganca, Portugal
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is the center of Madrid. A postcard place you must visit. From here you can easily get to Callao on a wonderful walk though the stores, souvenir shops, bars and all other kinds of shops. Don't miss the bear and the tree, or the Km0 of all the interstate roads that are in this plaza.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

THE CENTER OF MADRID! All around it are great shops and restaurants to suit everyones wants and needs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

The main place, we are pass there all the time :) always have lot of people!!! Have lot's of nice things to see, and very people do things at night!! But it was veryyyyyy hot in summer!

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Canada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is not a grand plaza, but you can play a people guessing game, see who is the touist and who is the local. Also there are landmarks there that you don't want to miss, like the little Bear and his Madrono Tree, the statue of Charles III, the house of post office,........ you can say this place is one... More

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Reno, Nevada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Bowing to no one, Tio Pepe dressed in colorful neon, towers over King Carlos III on horseback and a 30-foot tall portrait of newly-crowned King Felipe VI. In his wide-brimmed red hat, red bolero jacket and flamenco guitar, Tio Pepe is a rooftop advertisement sign for Andalucian sherry positioned high above the semi-circular Puerta del Sol. Puerta del Sol (“Gateway... More

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Marsascala, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Enormous plaza mixing in old buildings with the bustle of commerce. Tons of shops, restaurants, hotels are found around the many roads leading to and from the Plaza del Sol, and all the major attractions are within walking distance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It is indeed a nice place because of its closeness to every activities and cultural centre. Moreover, the living fees are rather low compared to other Europeans country!

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Charleston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Puerta del Sol implies something a little more dramatic than what you will actually find there. There are several older buildings (post office, for example). And if you can find it, there's a bronze plaque in the sidewalk called Kilometre Zero from which all official distances are measured. Mostly the square is a good place from which to take an... More

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Norman, Oklahoma
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197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I normally avoid busy city areas, but after reading reviews we found a great hotel (hotel Europa) 150 feet (50 meters) from the plaza. Everything I read appeared to indicate that this was a good area to be if I wanted to walk or take the train to nearby locations of interests (museums, avenues etc). I was not disappointed with... More

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Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is the people's place in Madrid, with activity 24/7. We stayed in a hotel with a window to the plaza area and saw tourists, local political demonstrations, people walking to the metro, taxis, restaurants, etc; it has it all. It is very noisy at night, specially during soccer game nights, so choose your hotels carefully in this area. I... More

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