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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

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Address: Plaza de la Independencia | Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid Madrid, Spain
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I know that Puerta de Alcala is very famous and important sight in Madrid but I visited there for the first time during my seventh visit in Madrid. It is located close to Retiro... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Lahti, Finland

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Lahti, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I know that Puerta de Alcala is very famous and important sight in Madrid but I visited there for the first time during my seventh visit in Madrid. It is located close to Retiro park and on the other Calle de Alcala is the most amazing street. Alcala Gate was interesting although traffic was extremely heavy during early afternoon. Go... More 

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Athens, Greece
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful sight, wonderful architecture. Amazing night view! Take Calle Alcala from Puerta del Sol to Puerta de Alcala for a nice walk to the west part of the town and Retiro.

Thank Roulika
Javea, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Leaving Madrid, we saw this impressive structure. Even on a grey morning, it still looked pretty good.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely monument near the park. In the middle of a massive round-a-bout. Get a photo out the front and enjoy the amazing architecture.

Thank Oange
Oranjestad, Aruba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Use the Madrid Bus tour and check this one out, along with other landmarks. Is efficient, and you can stop if you want for pictures

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Puerta de Alcala is interesting to go see while one is exploring Madrid, but it isn't really worth visiting on its own (it is not as grand as the Arc de Triomph or Brandenburg Gate). Rather, it is a side stop while one is exploring the large and beautiful Parque de El Retiro.

Thank Daniel M
Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can pass this gate while driving by or if you're in El Retiro park you can exit right across the street from it. It's a nice monument and the history of it is quite nice. It's close to the Cibeles fountain which is within walking distance. I highly recommend at least stopping to take pictures.

Thank Morgan B
Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We Just passed by onour way out of the Retiro Park. It is worth stopping by when you are in the area. Very impressive historical monument.

Thank meyravg
Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very cool train station. you can get about anywhere from here. Buy your ticket and jump on board. It was easy in and out for us.

Thank Joe M
Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very unique spot in Madrid. Close to the Retiro Park and very close to the Cibeles Place Fountain. Great views during Christmas season and their lights.

Thank Tomás T

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