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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
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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This was the first 'sight' I saw in Madrid, it's the landing spot of a major metro stop. A great place for people watching. Everyone takes photos of the statue of the bear and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was the first 'sight' I saw in Madrid, it's the landing spot of a major metro stop. A great place for people watching. Everyone takes photos of the statue of the bear and tree :)

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The Puerta del Sol is kind of just a break in the roads there there's a statue and some subway stations. Not much of a sight, but there are usually street performers doing something fun, and the shopping around it is great for young women (Zara, Sfera, etc)! We enjoyed walking around the area, and found the plaza a good... More 

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Riverview, NB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Puerta del Sol is lively day and night. This is where you see the bear in the strawberry tree, where you go to people watch, where you go to see 'street' performances at all hours of the day and night, and where you can find some great shops. But go a few blocks further away to find better food,... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

On our visit to Madrid, my husband and I stayed at a hotel just up the street from the Puerta del Sol. This was key to us finding our bearings in the city. We used the subway here quite often and passed through frequently on the way to other destinations. In my opinion, the best time to visit to really... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Busy square in the centre of Madrid. A popular meeting place for political protests, street theatre and pickpockets. The traffic has been altered so that it's more pedestrian friendly than it used to be but in reality it's just a busy square with little real character but lots of history.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Great meeting place at the iron horse. Subways converge here close to everything. Crowded at night though.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you go to Puerta del Sol thinking that it is a very beautiful place, with beautiful buildings and a relaxing place to visit, ok you are wrong. Not beautiful buildings, not a relaxing place but is the heart of Madrid. It is the place where spaniards say good bye to the old year in New year´s eve and where... More 

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Martos, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Possibly. This square vies with Plaza Major as the main area to relax and take some time from the busy streets. Plenty of different architecture to admire, usually something happening. You have to go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This must be the heart of Madrid. Is it the times square of Madrid? Not really because there are no flashing big giant screens. However, this is where the entertainers and street artists perform. This place is nonstop even at 3 AM. Young, old, tourists and locals always take a stroll through this lovely plaza and neighborhood whilst walking home... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you arrive in Madrid, much probably this will the first place to visit. Here is the intersection of rail road with metro. Best to be here is in the nights with all the light on, a big crowd of turists. And of course pictures with the bear, symbol of Madrid. After this you can start your visit to other... More 

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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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