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Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)

C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #62 of 546 Attractions in Madrid
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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California
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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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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Supposedly the centre of Madrid this place is more functional than pretty. It's a major transport hub including the hop on hop off bus, there's lots of eateries including tapas bars and in the afternoon the place fills up with street performers mostly the pretend statue kind

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Puerto del sol is in the heart of Madrid. So many things to explore and so many places to visit. People are generally nice and helpful. Food is excellent however its very hard to find Halal food in Madrid. I spent ages looking for one and this person came to me and said I serve halal food. When I entered... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

All roads (metro buses etc) lead to this plaza which appears to be the meeting spot in the city..not overly attractive plaza just frenetic. Any of the streets from there will allow you to continue your walking adventure in the city. Plenty of tourists studying their maps. Telecom companies if in need of a sim card!

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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Other than seeing the bear statue, kilometer zero plaque, or visiting the fruit stand, choose a path to your next destination (suggestion: Chocolateria San Ginés) and keep walking. Perhaps its just not my thing.

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Address: C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid

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