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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 #66 of 480 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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Southfield, Michigan
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Saint Robert, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Not too much on offer here visually, just many pickpockets and touts selling tourist trash. Some of pedestrian boulevards off the square, particularly to the west are quite nice for an evening paseo (walk) though.

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Central hub of the retail area. Close to Plaza Major. Lots of tapas bars in the area. Look for the official centre of Madrid/ kilometre zero brass plaque in the sidewalk. Lots of buskers and fun atmosphere.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Puerto del Sol is considered by some as the heart of Madrid. Whether that's true or not, it is a lively and interesting place to stroll at night. When we were there, a Mexican mariachi band played every evening, filling the square with music. More than anything else, it's people-watching central. Just walk around and be part of the crowd... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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