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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...

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Most famous place in Madrid to visit

This square is always full of people. The surrounding area is packed with tons of souvenir shops, restaurants, markets. Plaza Mayor is in walking distance. It also has a symbolic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Porvoo, Finland

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are some interesting monuments on the square, but most photos are spoiled by the Sol metro station entrance in the middle of the square

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

During our time in Madrid we saw peaceful protests, demonstrations, street performers, food stalls and the famous Tio Pepe advertisement all on this square. Puerta del Sol is always busy and a good landmark to find your way around busy Madrid. There is a statue of the bear and the arbutus in the square which is one of the city's... More 

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Kiltimagh, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a must while visiting Madrid but very similar to Plaza Mayor there are a lot of street entertainment but a lot busier than the square still good to see on a stroll around the city

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Makarska, Croatia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We expected more form the main square. You should go there, but don't expect anything special. The thing I liked the most was Km0- a spot that was considered the center of the whole Spain :)

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Porvoo, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This square is always full of people. The surrounding area is packed with tons of souvenir shops, restaurants, markets. Plaza Mayor is in walking distance. It also has a symbolic statue of Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is only to be visited in the evening or night time. It looks like the whole city has come to this place. Its lively and electrifying.. and filled with restaurants and shopping centres. Don't miss this, you can go here every evening

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Large square, busy with people walking through. Two large fountains where people sit. Lots going on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in the Sol area for our holiday in Madrid. Its very central to everything. A ten minute walk would lead you to the museum triangle and a fifteen minute walk to the opposite side would take you to Palacio Real and Almudena Cathedral. It is the watering hole of everyone. There is no shortage of restaurants, souvenir shops,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Puerta del Sol is my favourite central place for meeting friends. Easy to find (metro or taxi) and impossible to get lost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is considered the heart of Madrid, all points lead out from this plaza. We used this point to begin our hop on hop off bus tour, there are several shops & restaurants in the area. Very vibrant feeling

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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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