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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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Large busy square

Large square in Madrid. Great place to visit especially in the evenings. Lots of people around. Beautiful buildings and many shops around. Lively place and well worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I found Puerta del Sol to be my point of reference. My hotel was close to Puerta del Sol so once there I knew how to get around. There was lots of stores for shopping, restaurants and bars. The metro stop is there. You can also access the train to the Atocha Station as well as the line to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Large square in Madrid. Great place to visit especially in the evenings. Lots of people around. Beautiful buildings and many shops around. Lively place and well worth a visit.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Puerta del Sol is another one of Madrid's nice plazas. The biggest attraction is the bear and tree statue, which is one of the symbols of Madrid. The plaza has other neat details, such as three pigs on a balcony. Unfortunately, this is another place you can find people trying to take your money by dressing up as Pokemon and... More 

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MIAMI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Puerta del Sol is a center point of Madrid near Calle de Alcala, Gran Via Royal Palace, Cathedral pedestrian zone, stores restaurants I mean everything and you have different activities at different part of the day. If you get lost you can always go to the Puerta del Sol and find your way from there. Our hotel was only... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the Puerta del Sol during our NYE vacation. It was always packed and security was very heavy and tight as the Paris attacks were just a few months before. Everyone was very well behaved and people stayed around the area bar hopping until 6 AM.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A lot things happening here. During the day a lot of people, same at night but night is more lively, like all places very large crowd just be careful.

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Thank Wing Y
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So many fabulous shops, cafes and bars! This is where the famous bear and strawberry tree is - great photo stop! Atmosphere is great as so many people around. Find it and be immersed!

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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 5 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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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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