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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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beautiful square, with lots of tourists

The square itself is beautiful. But obviously, it attracts a lot of tourists. The entire neighborhood is full of small streets, with hundreds of shops, restaurants. It is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The square itself is beautiful. But obviously, it attracts a lot of tourists. The entire neighborhood is full of small streets, with hundreds of shops, restaurants. It is a nice area for a long walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Right in the heart of madrid full of old style shops as well as modern shops cafes & tapas! great street entertainment. main metro line runs past here so easy to get to & to access the rest of madrid

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Las Rozas, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Heart of Madrid, Km0 for Spanish Roads - Radial System ( all distances are measured from Puerta del Sol ) ... there is a milestone on the floor. New Year Eve celebrations are broadcasted from there. Tons of artists making demonstration of skill .. Statue like representations are common as well as famous characters. Mr Bean is great fun. Downside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Center of Madrid and starting point for all your walking tours around the city, place to meet with friends - place everybody knows. Nice buildings everywhere around, beautiful architecture and many little streets leading you to most beautiful little cafes wrapped in flowers, restaurants, shops....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I know that some consider Plaza Mayor to be the Heart of Madrid but in comparison it does not compare. Every time day or night that we passed through Puerta del Sol it was teaming with people. Some resting, some performing, some protesting, always a police presence and always interesting people watching. Lots of busy streets in all directions with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

People gather here for several reasons: shopping, strolling, watching street performance, catching bus / rail / etc. The place is super vibrant with lots of people all the time. Besides shopping, there're many other things to see as well: wonderful architecture of several old buildings, Kilometer Zero, the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree which is regarded as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

An extremely large space that's called a square but isn't! Main metro station of Puerta del Sol basically in the middle (all 3 Metro lines go through here) with the HOHO bus stop just nearby. If Plaza Mayor is the historical centre of the city of Madrid, Puerta del Sol is the centre of it's life. Busy all the time,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

You really have to go to Puerto Del Sol if you go to Madrid. There is a metro stop and it is very easy to get to. It is the city centre, filled with street entertainers and vendors. It is a place to people watch, browse the shops and connect with Madrid. Get a tourist and metro map from your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I love this place.It's somehow one of our european defining traits, socializing and people watching i guess.It's great for the above or dining nearby or having a great cortado. The only problem is late at night : all bad sorts of people, from "easy" ladies with their "boss" (really? in the center of the city?) or the overbearing club promoters... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is a really good place to be entertained and to base yourself for walking to the rest of central Madrid - Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, etc. Lots going on, lots of bars and restaurants, etc. In short, lots of fun and many happy people.

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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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