Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol, Madrid: Address, Phone Number, Puerta del Sol Reviews: 4/5

Puerta del Sol
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
About
Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Sol
How to get there
  • Vodafone Sol • 4 min walk
  • Gran Vía • 5 min walk
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Graham B
14 contributions
Square worth a visit.
Sep 2021 • Solo
Puerta del Sol is worth a visit. It is at the junction of several streets and each one worth exploring. There are several photo opportunities regarding the architecture around the square and in the streets running from it. There are plenty of small shops, particularly along Calle Mayor and a wide variety of cuisines in the restaurants along it. Does get busy particularly on weekends. If you are looking to eat here try walking the side streets before deciding where you will eat, restaurants on the side streets tend to be less crowded.
Written September 19, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,460 contributions
A beautiful square in Madrid
Aug 2020
A cool city square that is lively day and night. Around the shops, restaurants. It is a favorite meeting place for the locals. You must take a photo with the statue of a bear eating strawberries from a tree - the symbol of Madrid. Good access by metro. From this place, it is also close to many tourist attractions.
Written July 23, 2021
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cffescu
Hoboken, NJ63 contributions
Do not exchange money in Puerta del Sol !!!
Jul 2021 • Solo
The exchange office in this part of Madrid SHOULD be avoided! Not only is the rate a rip off, but also if you want the transaction to be voided you are threatened the police would be call. Use your card instead of this office.
Written July 23, 2021
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Kaylee
Paris, France226 contributions
Start of the day
Apr 2021 • Friends
Nice big square with some interesting sights and a good point to go into Madrid in different directions. Very central point.
Written May 31, 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,484 contributions
Puerta del Sol
May 2021
Extremely busy square with lot of people and movement. Here is the statue of the bear - the symbol of Madrid. Besides the statue in the square there's nothing else to do.
Written May 11, 2021
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Christmas night
Dec 2020
Merry Christmas to all my friends in the world
Let’s wish for a truly nice world
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Lovely lovely Madrid city
I miss this place a lot
Really wanna go again
Written December 25, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,781 contributions
Good Starting Point for Exploring Madrid
Feb 2020
We started most mornings here, beginning with a visit to Las Mallorquina for a warm, sugary torrija. It is an excellent starting point for exploring the city, being only minutes away from Gran Via, Plaza Mayor and the San Miguel markets and 10-12 min walk from the Royal Palace. In the other direction, it’s 15 min walk to the Prado and 15-10 min to El Retiro Park. There’s a metro exit in the middle of the plaza also.
It is noisy, touristy and crowded and admittedly there are an awful lot of human statues, but it really is a beautiful space. The sweeping curve of creamy white buildings and iconic Tio Pepe sign made me love it.

What To See Here:
i) Tio Pepe sign – the famous neon sherry sign of a guitar-toting sherry bottle wearing a sombrero has stood in the square since 1936
ii) Bear & Strawberry Tree Statue – an ancient symbol that is the official city crest of Madrid today. We were puzzled by the idea of strawberries growing on trees but in fact the strawberry tree grows madronos fruit, an edible red berry (tastes like figs apparently)
iii) Mallorquina –selling pastries and traditional cakes since 1894. Sooo good.
iv) Statue of King Carlos III – pretty typical man-on-a-horse statue of the much-loved king who reigned 1759 to 1788
v) Casa de Correos (The House of the Post Office) – this is where people gather to wait for Queen Isabel II’s clock and bells to ring in the new year from the top of the building
vi) 0 km sign – this sign marks the centre of Madrid and the point from which all roads radiate. Look for it in the pavement in front of the Casa de Correos.

One curious thing that we noticed is plaza’s name. It’s named ‘Puerta’ (gate), not ‘Plaza’, yet there’s no gateway to be seen. Intrigued, we looked it up and it turns out that there once was an ancient gateway into the city that stood here until 1510.
Written December 12, 2020
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Mannuel
London, UK5 contributions
Love it
Jul 2020
I loved this square in Madrid. It was full of life and many bars and restaurants nearby.
Definitely one of the most iconic squres in Mdrid.
Written November 14, 2020
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Erlunder
Adeje, Spain145 contributions
vacation in madrid
Oct 2020
Liked everything! and for a while we forgot about everything, we admired a wonderful place, for such a time there were many people and many young people
Written October 5, 2020
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Tanmouss
Oslo, Norway1,681 contributions
Huge square
Sep 2020 • Family
This huge square is indeed very sunny and I must admit, a bit unusual with it's kind of triangular shape. Surely one of the places to visit during a Madrid stay.
Written September 6, 2020
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