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Puerta del Sol

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Address: C. Mayor | C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Most happening place in Madrid

This is most happening place in Madrid . There are 11 road connecting to this circle . Lots of happening all day .

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To me its the center of Madrid. A very busy plaza with a metro station. Lots of attraction through out day and night. Noisy but fine.

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street performers, metro, plenty of seats around fountains, the infamous bear statue, restaurants, shops ....... just beautiful

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This is most happening place in Madrid . There are 11 road connecting to this circle . Lots of happening all day .

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My hotel was near here. This is where the happening area is! Shops all around. The statue of the bear and strawberry tree is also located here. Just need to look around cos it's always very crowded. And if there's a chance, just take a photo with it. Because on two of the nights I was there, there was a... More 

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Puerta del Sol is a gathering place for many tourists. This open area surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars is a great area to experience Spanish culture.

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Sol is the center of Madrid so as can be expected it gets very busy almost all the time. There are street performers, shops, a fountain, and beautiful buildings lining the plaza. You will find the metro station quite accessible and easy to find here. At night there are tons of people, socializing, putting on shows, and just drinking with... More 

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A central place in Madrid with lots of activity! Restaurants, bars, street vendors, people dressed as characters.

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We loved strolling through the square as there was something new happening each time we were there. We came across a few demonstrations in the square and there was always a heavy police presence at all times. There was always great street performers there and cartoon characters wandering around waiting to be photographed so you would give them money. There... More 

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The zero kilometer location for E,W,N,S begins at this square. The location is funkywith Mariachi Bands and protesters mingling a few yards from each other. Quick view and sitdown on the fountain and then move on for nearby tapas.

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The square is one of the most famous squares in Madrid. It feels a bit like Times Square with it's big billboards and seems to be a gathering place for many - tourist and locals. Apparently it is not uncommon to have a demonstration going on in the square, there was one when we were there. It's interesting to learn... 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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