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Puerta del Sol

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Address: C. Mayor | C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza...
Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.
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Very Crowded, Nice Shopping

This is a very crowded, touristy plaza. There were many street performers in the plaza. I felt like there may be many pickpockets in this area. Though we saw regular police... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The supposed geographical center of Madrid. Of course it is overrun with tourists, but one can't expect any less for a city that is also overrun with tourists. This would be your start and end to any tour of the city, for it offers everything in every direction. My experience consists of visiting the Orange store in the plaza for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The centre of Madrid and of Spain (sort of) as motorway distances are measured to this point. This is a packed, bustling place but not really somewhere to linger. Lots of the usual tacky tourist stuff too.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is supposedly the official center of Madrid, where all road measurements are made from. Unfortunately it's also ground zero for a seething mass of tourists, many of whom, in the evening at least, seem to be of the "party till you puke" subspecies. Restaurants in the area appear to be mostly tourist traps: the one time I made the... More 

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Faro, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is the most central as you can get in Madrid. You can find everything here, restaurants, shops, hotels, street animation, you name it. You can reach it by metro using the Sol station or Callao.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a very crowded, touristy plaza. There were many street performers in the plaza. I felt like there may be many pickpockets in this area. Though we saw regular police patrols through the plaza. There are also two main streets with many shops off to the side.

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Puerta del Sol is always lively, with people entertaining, traveling through, sitting around the fountain, singing, dancing, protesting, marching, celebrating, eating...it is a center of activity for Madrid.

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Amman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The City Center and the live attraction of Madrid easy access to Metro and all other transportation you have to tap the bear and stand on the 0KM Stone we met the best people and the greatest tour Tapas & Flamenco Crawl http://madridcitytours.rezgo.com/details/34045/tapas-flamenco-crawl/34045/2014-07-06

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Madrid has is centre in this square. The bear is the symbol of the city and is a must see if you go to the capital.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Listening about Puerta del Sol i thought that it will be spectacular.Is a normal square with the small statue of the bear that you hardly see.Full of tourists and people make every kind of shows in all parts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

La Puerta del Sol is in a very centralized, easily accessible part of Madrid, surrounded by many shops and restaurants. I would certainly come here while visiting, but maybe not spend too much time. Generally, the shops and places nearby can be too touristy and somewhat of a tourist trap. However, there are some very old, classic candy shops, chocoleterias... More 

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

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Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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