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Puerta del Sol

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Address: C. Mayor | C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 532 64 90
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban...

Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.

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The place to be at New Year's Eve

It was just early December when we visited, so we didn't get to be part of the grape eating tradition at New Year's Eve. It is a busy square, everybody wants to take pictures with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bristol
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very busy square in the heart of Madrid, most walking tours start from here. If you want to explore, start in the square then take every little street that goes off from there. You will find all sorts of things.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's an unavoidable place. It's right in the centre of the city, and as a plaque on the ground says, it is the centre of Spain. It used to be a traffic nightmare as buses, taxis and cars whizzed round the square like a racing track. But now it has been largely pedestrianised so it is easier to manoeuvre (although... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A bustling and interesting place, full of street artists, nice shops, music, good tapas bars just around the corner. Loved it!

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Bucharest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was just early December when we visited, so we didn't get to be part of the grape eating tradition at New Year's Eve. It is a busy square, everybody wants to take pictures with the bear - the symbol of Madrid. Be ware of pick pocketers!

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great selection of bars and restaurants in a lovely setting, clean area and lively with both locals and tourist on a Saturday night. Great area to sit outside with a coffee and people watch on a sunny afternoon

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The ambience , the people, all the street artist make this Plaza one of the most enjoyable sites to see in Madrid. Be aware every picture taken with the artist you must pay for it ;-)

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Aventura, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It almost like Small version of New Yorks time square. It is the home of the iconic bear kissing a cherry tree. They say Madrid was full of bears at one time and as people populated the city they where push out. You will see that symbol through the city. A word of caution be cautious with your belongings there... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This square is nothing special to look at. Basically a big empty place. If you want to see a square that is architecturally interesting to see, I suggest something else. But if you want to experience madrid's night life, this is the place. During the day it can get pretty hot here since there is no shade. But at night... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this large square is a fun place to visit. There are many street performers that liven the place up. Several Metro entrances are on the square and it is close to the Ingles department store.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I great part of the history of madrid a lot places to eat a must have picture ;) vary busy and a few stores to go shopping and you can go walking to the gram via plaza cibeles cayao plaza España and more

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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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