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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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Great place to meet up and people watch

This was a great place to people watch any time, but especially in the evening. Centrally located and easy to get to via a couple of different subway lines.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Full of history! Beautiful square in heart of Madrid which often has music and lots of people around at night. Recommend doing a walking tour to hear about its significance to Madrid :)

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Thalwil, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to people watch any time, but especially in the evening. Centrally located and easy to get to via a couple of different subway lines.

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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This plaza is centrally located and usually fairly crowded with activity. I think the primary attraction is the statue of the bear eating the tree... that adorns just about everything in Madrid. It's a convenient gathering place as well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Nice place to spend the day. Easy to get to walking or on the metro. Lots to do, little restaurants, gift shops, ice cream and gelato. At night it lights up with people and activity. Lots of fun!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great gathering place to meet and start the night. Lots of restaurants off the plaza and the bear is a landmark that can't be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This Plaza had a visiting Chinese demonstration, complete with multi-person dragon the day we were visiting. Lots of activity and interesting people. Just a couple of blocks from the Plaza Mayor, it is worth a visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a very famous outstanding square in the center of Madrid with different attractions present there.The famous train station to different countries & to different cities too,is present there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Puerta del Sol It is a great place for people watching! Beautiful buildings all around with abundant shops, cafes, restaurants. Great atmosphere late into the night. Spanish people out for their promenade. Very safe and no rowdiness. The place to be!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Very nice area. close to most touristy spots. Only issue here is the crowds of people. PLEASE HOLD YOUR BAGS!!! nothing was stolen from me but pick pockets blend in pretty well at this spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I visited Puerta del Sol with a friend in early July 2015. This place has got it all, loads of shops, grand architecture, and lots to see all arranged in a neat crescent shape. There's a large statue in the centre which faces the government buildings. Altogether there are 10 streets leading off the square all leading to more shops... 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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