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Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)

Address: C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #56 of 454 Attractions in Madrid
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.
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Southaven, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

this was a nice spot to visit right before heading to our hotel. I was one of the first places we got to stop and take in the sights for a bit. Grabbed an gelato and enjoyed the center of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

There's no way you can escape here if you're in Madrid. the centre of the centre. full of crowd and activities all the time. Been here many times just to cross to the other side of the city.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

its a the heart of the city and where the airport shuttle comes into. Can't say it's the most attractive place for watching the world go by. I didn't stay long before heading off to the Plaza Mayor which is actually less touristy and has some interesting connecting streets. If shopping is your thing then there's plenty cod that nearby

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I love spending time in the Puerta del Sol whenever I'm in Madrid. You can watch the whole city pass you by. There are always interesting street performers to watch, but be sure to keep an eye on your valuables. I've never had an issue, but anywhere where there is a concentration of people, you'll get pick-pockets. Puerta del Sol... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This was an early part of our walking tour. Some people call this place a melting pot of activity. You could say that, there are police all over which is reassuring, however you have to ask yourself why? Is it the prostitutes on the approaches to the square, or the beggars who hassle you whilst in the square, or the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This plaza is a melting pot of activity. There is so much happening, so much to look at and so many people. This is the type of city shot you'd see on a postcard in the city. There is a wonderful fountain and statue which makes for an excellent photo when paired together. Then of course there's that symbol of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a pretty plaza in an unbeatable location. Ive never seen so many people on the streets in my life in this plaza and the streets that surround it.This plaA is a few minutes walk to many of madrids best nightlife , restaurants , museums and monunents.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is the heart of Madrid and a central location. Everything seems to spread from the puerta. Don't miss the bear and the strawberry tree (though I'm told it is not really strawberries). Excellent place to walk around, shop and people watch. Beware of pickpockets. We used this also as a meeting place to re-connect during the day.

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Between all great plazas in madrid this one is the best , it is in the center where about six streets lead to it , alot of people were there and different types of shops espicially the apple store and el cort ingle

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Check this off and go your merry way. You can't escape this chaotic carnival anyway if you are looking for things to do in the centro.

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