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Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)

C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #64 of 496 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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Cuenca, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

As of January 1st 2015 there will be no access except by walking or regular local bus service. This is great news for all of us that love to go to Madrid but find the traffic and parking so horrible. Now we will be able to drive or take the AVE speed train from Cuenca to the Atocha central station... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

A busy plaza in the centre of a Madrid. Look for the 0 km plaque on the sidewalk before you get you get to McDonalds. Gets more interesting in the evening when everyone is meeting before Tapas and dinner. Also hood for shopping as there is a large Le Cortes Inglis department store just off the plaza

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Coming out from Vodafone Sol metro station, you will see wave of people going to different directions. It is a fun place to roam around for window shopping and people watching. On the Plaza, you will see many live acts or street performers. Many stores of international brands and fast food restaurants are in the area. Check out to a... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a classic spot to feel the pulse of Madrid. Many shopping and eating streets surround Sol. in addition, the Metro here is a key interchange, I love the hustle and bustle of Sol. Still annoyed that its name got changed to Vodafone Sol! Thought it was a cruel joke.

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Southfield, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Come here at night for tons of entertainment. Mariachi, singers, musicians, skaters. Pick up some souvenirs from local vendors too!

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is one of the must see plazas in Madrid, but is really now quite tacky with all kinds of touts plying for business. Despite this it's worth walking through at various times of day to get a taste of urban Spain.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We've been to Madrid a number of times, but this time our hotel was right at the Puerta del Sol. This part of Madrid has changed a lot since my first visit to the city. The Oso y Madroño statue has moved as has the Tío Pepe sign. While it is still a very popular shopping area, there is now... More

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Saint Robert, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There is a lot going on here. Lots of street performers and street hustlers trying to make a buck. Nice place to see and people watch.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

this is the place to go if your hungry and can't decide what to eat, excellent choices of restaurant. shopping is unlimited, or just chill-out or people watch, something is always going-on from people performing; singing, dancing, magic acts and other stuff to keep you entertain. found the best bakery in the plaza.

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you wana feel Madrid at its hearts artery go to SOL and just sit down at any time of the day. It will show you various colours of culture tradition and the spirit of Madrid which is unique. May appear ordinary to some but for an observant eye. SOL is like a real life stage where performances are ON... More

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