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Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)

C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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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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Leuven, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This place is perfect to start walking or to meet friends.Some tours have their meeting point at the bear. It's easily to find and there is always a bunch of people this makes the location very vibrant.

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Valletta, Malta
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

There is so much going on here, from street statues, some real good ones, street dancers, roller bladers and even Mariachi bands. Plus many other things to keep you occupied for a good while.

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Swanley, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The famous symbol of The Bear and The Strawberry is here which is a 'must see' and quite easy to get a nice photo if you go early enough. Apparently 10 streets lead from here, you will find various street entertainers and tourists galore and it has a lovely lively vibe to it. You can pick up an open top... More

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wiltshire
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68 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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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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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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