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Puerta de Alcala

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Busy roundabout

A stunning approach to Madrid city centre but you need time to cross the busy intersection to see the detail!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A stunning approach to Madrid city centre but you need time to cross the busy intersection to see the detail!

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Carlsbad, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Puerto de Alcala was on our way home from Retiro Park. It is a beautiful monument to look at, take pics, and that's about it. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it, but glad I got to see it on our bike ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The architecture in Spain is just very exquisite to the eyes, every building, every house, every place have history but the most important is what it say with just looking at it.. I just love to watch every detail for eachof this building in Spain.. It was terrific, must visit every place there.. And of course the picture in front... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to walk and take some photos for Puerta de Alcala, It was a gate of the former Walls of Philip IV.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was easy to take good pictures from the front, it took me a while to get a good shot from its back.

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Windsor, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice are at the entrance to the El Retiro Park. It's nice to see, but a little difficult to photograph. They didn't have any flowers planted yet the first week of June, so it was a little blah, but it's definitely worth seeing.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place where you can see on perfect view about historical Madrid! bonito sitio donde poder ver el madrid histótico y cuidado

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Ashdod, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For me, puerta de Alcalá is the most beautiful and iconic spot in the city of madrid. Massive and with a lot of presence, the structure is located by one of the entrance to the Retiro park. A must see location.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not sure why this is even on the tourist list of things to do. It is a large arch way - does not hold a candle to Arc De Triomphe in Paris. If you have seen Arc The Triomph then don't bother, otherwise it is worth the effort if in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will see more if you walk either from the Metro stop Retiro or from the Park of the same name, or you could have walked from a # of museum's and buildings in the area. I would look up the history, we did, instead of trying to read or dodge cars to get close.

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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