We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Puerta del Sol

#60 of 1,418 things to do in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
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.
read more
Limited Time! Save 10% when you spend $400
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
More Info
$81*
and up
Madrid Super Saver: Toledo Half-Day Trip and...
Top Rated
More Info
$1,116*
and up
8-Day Spain Tour Including Barcelona, Madrid...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,430 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 507
    Excellent
  • 579
    Very good
  • 279
    Average
  • 51
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Busy city plaza.

Puerta del Sol (Gate of the sun) is the location of the iconic Bear and Strawberry Tree statue which is the symbol of the city since the Middle Ages. It is a very busy plaza... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
kpiddy
,
Brisbane, Australia

Similar Things to Do in Madrid

Add Photo

1,430 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Zionsville, Indiana
Level Contributor
102 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

1000 things happening here all at once. Great shopping, great people watching, and a hub of transportation. Definitely get a picture near the bear and strawberry tree, the symbol of Madrid.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A must, although it doesn't have much to offer. It's the point where all tourists gather, watching street artists or just coming and going from restaurants, stores, etc. The statue of the bear is the symbol of Madrid. Also, this is the place where demonstrations usually take place (frequently) and where people gather to welcome new year, every year.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The hustle and bustle of Madrid happens here if your a pedestrian.....be aware of the fact that one of the streets around here is a haven for Prostitutes, it's the street that connects Puerta deal Sol with Gran Via (There's a McDonald's on the top corner of it). They're out in the open and solicit during the day and more... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
554 reviews
391 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Puerta del Sol (Gate of the sun) is the location of the iconic Bear and Strawberry Tree statue which is the symbol of the city since the Middle Ages. It is a very busy plaza close to all the shopping activity, with entertainers/ buskers, many 'living' statues to distract your attention, and have a laugh. The site gets its name... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Caracas, Venezuela
Level Contributor
81 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to walk specially if you are in Madrid for short stay. Near of Parque El Retiro and Gran Via

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful square for sure, but there are much nicer spots in Madrid and it's the prime location for pickpockets, hustlers and general tourist harassment. In the evenings, it is one of the main meeting spots for uni students to meet before going out and is filled with club promoters selling tickets. Still very worth visiting but I'd be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, Florida
Level Contributor
51 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The Puerta del Sol is one of the best known and busiest plazas in Madrid. This is where you will find the 0 km or center of Madrid. Also, you will find the statue of the Bear and Madroño tree that is the emblem of Madrid. There are many shops and cafes and the nightlife is amazing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
264 reviews
261 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

If you want to experience the real city that never sleeps then you have to experience this plaza and many of its surrounds. The place is absolutely packed day and especially at night. Its actually a cross section for an astonishing number of people that go through this plaza weather its to seek tapas or shopping or unequalled nightlife All... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
282 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Teaming with thousands of tourists, Puerta del Sol is arguably the center of Old madrid. Lovely square with enigmatic entertainers dressed up as aliens or defying the laws of gravity. Ofcours you must visit the bear eating the acorn a symbol of the city and of the cities past when there use to be bears in madrid. This square leads... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wilton, California
Level Contributor
859 reviews
352 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 553 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We rented an apartment in the city center, this was a pass through to everywhere. I like the column monument as the namesake of the plaza, and I love the bears eating berries from the trees. A local told us the story about that, but mostly it was a good landmark to know we were getting close to "home". Good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Puerta del Sol also viewed

Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 
Madrid, Community of Madrid
 

Been to Puerta del Sol? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Puerta del Sol

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Puerta del Sol and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Naperville, Illinois
4 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Puerta del Sol staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Centro

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood