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Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)

C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #66 of 515 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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Nicosia, Cyprus
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We went on a Saturday. The place is so over run by tourists that you really can't get a vibe for where you are and take it in if you're just trying to avoid stepping on people, or, being stepped on. That said, if you are in Madrid, you should visit here.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Living statues. People present themselves as statues. and the street musicians. Great place to pass time entertained. Good eating places on the road side. Tourist meeting place.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Do not forget to take your picture by the "kilometer zero" plaque. this is where all the roads in Spain start....

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

One of the best party places in Madrid. Its one long party, right through the night, which disperses only when the police arrive at 7am. There's salsa dancing, flowing beer at 1 euro a can.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You'll find the bear with the apple tree immediately with all the people around it. It's also where Real Madrid Fans celebrate when they win a match.

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San Diego, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very crowded for no particular reason. Not much in the way of restaurants, much better ones a few blocks away. Micky and Minnie offering to have their pictures taken with children. Went through Puerta del Sol on two different days hoping to see more.

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Cuenca, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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

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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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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