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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban...

Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.

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Shop till you drop

Visited this area and think of it very much like Oxford Street. Manic! High police presence due to high profile area for tourists. Bit scary. Lots of street artists and music... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited this area and think of it very much like Oxford Street. Manic! High police presence due to high profile area for tourists. Bit scary. Lots of street artists and music. Good atmosphere at night.

Thank Heather L
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The bear and the strawberry tree - Madrid's "logo." Got to go by to get a photo. Doesn't take long, and it's convenient to other touristing.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is our favourite place in Madrid, with plenty of shops and food around. The tour buses also depart here. We walked there everyday and did not tire of it. It is the place to be for food, shopping and nightlife

Thank Reenee T
Iasi, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

it is worth visiting the place as it is the center of the city and all the shops are there, during the night or day you have a lot of things to do there

Thank jarakuzi k
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This square is full of life. There is not much to see in the square itself but it is surrounded by numerous small shops. There is a fantastic shop at the corner of the square selling coffee and cakes out of this world. There is easy access to it by Metro. The exit of the Metro has an unusual glass... More 

Thank Moses P
San Diego, Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The center of the city for most people...a wonderful and massive square filled with entertainers, people watching people where the Sol metro is located. All of the streets running from the Puerta are filled with shops and restaurants. A must for visitors to Madrid.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The plaza is one of many in Madrid and is a good location for incredibly cheap shoes - my wife bought 5 pairs.... There are good busker shows from time to time, but normally the plaza is a place to join tours, take a metro train, meet friends, etc. It's not really a venue in its own right.

Thank Graeme B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's on the Metro for a start. There are numerous shops and restaurants including the best coffee and cake shop in the world at the edge of it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You can find here km 0 of Spain, from here all the highways start to count km Because of the amount of people you should be very careful with pickpockets

Thank Cosmina C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was actually very disappointed with the Puerta del Sol. I didn't find there to be that much in it. It felt quite tacky and a little unsafe at night. It's a good point of reference for getting your bearings but I wouldn't spend any time in it. There is a LIVE web cam though so you can ring home... 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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