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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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Grand Central Pedestrian Crossroads

During our three days in Madrid, we spent two half days exploring this area. Literally thousands of people are walking, shopping, or dining within a block or two of this hub, all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

During our three days in Madrid, we spent two half days exploring this area. Literally thousands of people are walking, shopping, or dining within a block or two of this hub, all day and late into the night. Many restaurants here serve food till well after midnight, and the pubs stay open till 3:00 a.m. on weeknights and till 4:00... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This is where the excitement is. Shops of every shape and size. Eat in a restaurant or tapas bar.Street statues that will amaze you,how do they do that. Musicians to. seranade you for a small fee. People handing out menus and leaflets. Confectioners to tempt you, andas I was. You name it it's here.` The emblem is of a bear... More 

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Woodstock, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Puerta del Sol is near the Gran Via and tons of shopping. There are also many restaurants in the area, but if you are looking for shopping in Madrid, Puerta del Sol is a good place to start. At night the Puerta del Sol was packed with shoppers and people heading to dinner. It also seemed to be a place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Spent both sunny and rainy days in Sol over the years. Always find something new to look at, explore and learn about .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Major attraction in Madrid, a bear statue eating strawberries, centre 0 of Madrid and a couple of fountains, a hub to the hop on hop off tours bus, adjacent to the shopping area, restaurants and can take a couple memorable pictures.

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Edinburgh UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We stayed in a hostel just off the square, which it was busy all day and night. Its a major metro stop and a number of high street shops including the new apple store. lots of other shops, and cafe. During the afternoon and evening there are street entertainers out about as usual some better than others. Lots of police... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is centre of city buzzing with lots of activities. There are many options for shopping and food. You can walk around this place and surrounding to get the charm of old madrid

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I visited here several times from different directions while in Madrid. Many tourists, but also locals. Be aware, it is often the scene of protests. Not violent to my knowledge. Not a reason to stay away except when you see a protest gathering.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Lovely place to stop in and see what's going on because there are street performers and people finding any way they can to make money. We were looking at a map to find our hotel and a guy dressed up as Pocoyo came over with two blow up balloons for my daughters. He asked for 14 euros for the balloons.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is the Times Square, Piccadilly Circus (without the neon) of Madrid. Ultimately, your walk in Madrid will somehow get you here. A lively place with lot of interesting people and street activities, but beware of some nasty folks who will keep bothering you. There is an Apple store here. Naturally, a lot of shops and eateries on the side... More 

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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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