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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 #57 of 417 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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84 reviews 84 reviews
38 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed some of the streets connecting with Sol. Great butcher shop nearby. Department store on one corner. Always lively in the square and around the fountain.

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Dallas, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This hotel was a stone's throw from our hotel. It was often full of street perfomers which delighted our kids (ages 7 and 9). It is an easy spot to get a bite to eat and catch the metro or a taxi or a sight seeing bus, or visit a bank. Kilometre zero is there - centerpoint of Spain along... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Great place, great plaza! very colourful plaza with lots of people about. Full of fun, with lots of people and perfromers. Wonderful place to enjoy the atmosphere. Loved it all with lots of interesting people to meet and see.

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

My hotel was close to the plaza and so was the metro station. There are tourist like me wanting to take a picture with the bear eating from the tree statute. People are dressed in American characters that want you to take a picture with them for a price. Anything from Mickey and Minnie to Bart Simpson. You also have... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Really vibrant plaza. Lots going on and people to see. Set at a crossroads just about everyone passes through this plaza. Loved it.

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Usa, Japan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

nothing more to it...has a few interesting buildings around to look at, but extremely crowded with people and performers (good to see mickey socializing with bart simpson and hello kitty!!). we walked through here a few times but did not specifically go to see this plaza

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I arrived in Barajas Airport (Spain) at 01.30 pm and my hotel is at JC Rooms Santa Ana. Its my firs time in Spain, so it is understandable that i am a bit woriied that i will arrive at my hotel JC Room Santa Ana very late. Thank God the train like Metro in Paris is so easy. I can... More

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Luarca, Spain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Puerta del Sol is one of the Madrid´s liveliest places. It is at the centre ofMadrid. The plaza’s name originates from the fifteenth century eastern city gate which was probably named after the drawing of a sun on it. In its centre is a large equestrian statue of King Carlos III. The King looks out to a beautiful eighteenth... More

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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Puerta del Sol looks to be the hub around which Madrid revolves and as such, it is a busy, bustling place. It is not particularly pretty or characterful, but its liveliness means it is not boring. There are always street performers, beggars and tourists there and the area seems to be the focal point for demonstrations in Madrid. There was... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

An empty featureless open space full only of street entertainers and beggars. Useful only for the "Vodaphone Sol" Metro station that is the hub of the transport system to go somewhere more interesting.

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