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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
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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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Very lively at night

Puerta de Sol marks the centre of Spain but don't just pass through it, look out for the 'kilometre 0' marker on the ground outside of the municipal building and take your place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the point zero of Madrid. This is where you should first visit and then make a plan to see the rest of Madrid. Has excellent places to shop and great places to eat.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loads of tourists and annoying street performers but pretty and some restaurants off the square more decent than Plaza Mayor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Puerta de Sol marks the centre of Spain but don't just pass through it, look out for the 'kilometre 0' marker on the ground outside of the municipal building and take your place in the queue to photograph it and then look right towards Sevilla and find the Bear and the Strawberry tree statue, where you can look back and... More 

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Province of Alicante, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just a mess! You must visit, of course, but don't expect anything - that way you won't be disappointed. Great bar on roof of Corte Ingles - but waiter "forgot" that I needed 13€ change - maybe just thought it was a tip?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this place!! There's so much to do! There are so many shops from home (USA) to visit...Sephora, Apple, MAC, just to name a few. There's plenty of restaurants to choose from with a wide variety of foods!

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Puerta del Sol (the Gateway of the Sun) is a fascinating semi-circular 'square' which is a great place to people watch, day and night, as there is always something going on, including numerous 'human statues' and clowns. Surrounded by historical buildings now largely occupied by government and municipal departments, in the square itself, in front of the Casa de... More 

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Karachi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very thrilling & happening place. Always find new things or groups performing. Full of life area & many great places around.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The square itself is one of the gran squares in Europe. And the fact they have made it basically pedestrian only much of the day is a positive. However, there is construction at the metro, the square is crowded, and we really didn't find the street performers that interesting. I can think of so many other squares in large and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Make sure to visit Puerta Del sol ! It's the heart of Madrid and houses the statue of el oso y el madroño -- everyone loves to take pics with the bear and the strawberry tree, and I'm no exception :)

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This square is a must for any photographer, especially at night when they are lit. It is a busy square with and lots of people.. It's the central plaza that you start the feel of the history of Madrid. Many local restaurants and shops are nearby. Cool

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Centro
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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