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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 #65 of 458 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
68 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a busy area of Madrid both night and day and seems to be the place to be! All roads lead here and at some point on your visit to Madrid you will come across this place. The famous meeting place under the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree is here as is a statue of King... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

this plaza is the center of spain. jam packed with people 24/7. i always get acommodation very close to this plaza as it is so central to visit the plethora of zones to enjoy this magnificent supremely fun city.

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Surrey, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I visited Madrid in March on a school trip and was blown away; the Gateway became our official meeting place as it had the unforgettable bear statue. The culture that surrounds the square is incredible and would love to visit again. All of the little side streets off of the square lead you to new experiences that just make the... More

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larissa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Puerta del sol is one of the main meeting points of Madrid.A romantic stop for couples,friends and more.espcially in the afternoon the sun shines all over the square giving a unique feeling of romance and relaxation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a nice place for people-watching. Good to hangout with friends, shopping and witnessing tourists going about their photo-taking and the fun activities happening around it.

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Bangalore, India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Must see in Madrid... A lively and fun place full of street artists. Lots of small eateries and restaurants for quick bites... If you are interested in buying Madrid souvenirs, then you should definetly check out the shops in this area...lot of options to choose from. But beware of pickpockets!!!

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Seinajoki, Finland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Puerta del sol is the place where all highways begin in Madrid. That´s why there is The point zero. in the beginning this was a city center, so it´s the oldest place in whole Madrid. It is also true that the city is constructed many times and there is nothing "very old" left. Anyway, this is on of the "must... More

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Rowayton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Just a beautiful spot with many drinking/dining options, great people watching and very little pressure from panhandlers.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

For all the hype that this is a must see place, there's really nothing here. The centre of Spain? Bit of a let down really. There were a few performers at night, but not really much going on, even in high season. We were surprised. You'll probably find yourself going through here several times on a trip to Madrid anyway,... More

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Pennsylvania, USA
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Puerta del Sol is a top ten sight when you are in Madrid as one does not see such things in other countries. On the down side, the space attracts many less attractive things - strange people dressed as cartoon characters, pickpockets & large crowds. Enjoy but be alert. TIP: Don't eat here, it is too touristy.

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