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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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There is a superstition that says You need to take a photo with the bear that be in "Plaza del Sol" to comeback to Madrid, so If You if You comeback You need to visit this place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

In the centre of Madrid you'll find this vibrant square that doesn't seem to sleep. Many a hotel surround it and it's a great base to start from. It's picturesque and their is always someone performing something on the evenings. It's also the scene of anti government protests and celebrations ( the Real Madrid basketball team stopped their after their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There is a superstition that says You need to take a photo with the bear that be in "Plaza del Sol" to comeback to Madrid, so If You if You comeback You need to visit this place surrounded by stores, restaurants and shopping, this square is always full but its handled and is some steps away of Plaza Mayor and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit - this is the peoples square and has much history attached to it - the paintings in the Prado depict one rebellion with the French. It is also where all distances in Spain are measured from - great fun to stand astride the zero km mark on the south side of the square - lots of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

large central square with plenty of people milling about, and a wide range of shops and stalls all around, covering food, fashion and of course tourist souvenirs. A nice spot to spend a short time taking it all in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Puerta with its sun emblem is long gone but a decorative wall plaque is a reminder. The place has been the scene of rebellions, proclamations and mass demonstrations continue to be held here. Traditionally all National roads have their origin from kilometre zero. Lovely architecture is on all sides. An attractive feature is the many wrought iron balconies. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Perfect meeting point to start your day in Madrid. Tons of people around. Street performers at times. Just hang out and people watch. You will not be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Vibrant tourist area in Madrid. Stunning Architecture all around. Quick walk from Royal Palace and Cathedral. Must see in Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a local square where people, locals and tourists a like congregate to enjoy the crazy antics of a few entertainers. Lots of people, shopping and of course places to eat and shop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Did not bother to stay long in this bustling plaza. Good to watch people but not much more. Much preferred the Plaza Mayor to this place - which was less busy and more peaceful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Although it's one of the most famous Madrid's attractions, it's overcrouded with tourists and because of this maybe, it is too dirty area for a capital city. The metro station below the square is huge and it is a connection between several lines. You can have a quick meal or a drink at the caffeterias inside.

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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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