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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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194 helpful votes 194 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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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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Almere, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Puerta del Sol is really the heart of Madrid and a perfect place to start exploring Madrid. The square itself is full of life, it is crowded but you do not feel unsafe. It is home for many street artists, trying to earn some money by wearing each time a more original creation. In the 15th century this was the... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Both Puerta del Sol and New York's Times Square are perched atop major subway interchanges. Both are considered the city's "center" where people gather for New Years Eve celebrations, for political protests, or just to be with other people The Gateway of the Sun used to be an eastern gate of old Madrid, but the physical gate has long since... More

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Coimbra, Portugal
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Km zero of Spain. This is the epicenter of Madrid. Lots of people, lots of movement, vendors, crowded and no matter what time it is, its always like this. Personally.. I love it :)

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