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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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Puerta del Sol

Right in the middle of Madrid with lots of people shops and restaurants. A must see to get the feel of the city.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Community of Madrid, Spain
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have heard some people compare Puerta del Sol to Time Square. It's not. It's full of tourists and where you usually pick up a tour. It's always bustling with activity whether it's tourists or a protest. It's always busy. There is decent shopping especially when you walk up one of the spokes of the wheel. Watch out for pickpockets... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Right in the middle of Madrid with lots of people shops and restaurants. A must see to get the feel of the city.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes, it is one of the most important place and attraction of Madrid, When you will go there I am sure you will love and enjoy it and with out seeing this Bear and Trea "The Symbol of Madrid" your Trip of Madrid is incomplete. And too evening is good to go there and you will reach there through Metro.... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For me the only interesting point is that it is the centre of Spain. Other than that there is little that appeals: it's very touristy (think Leicester Square), it's packed, there's nothing really to do unless you want to shop. But, nearby is the Plaza Mayor and the Mercado San Miguel, both well worth a visit so when planing your... More 

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A good meeting point. Take a photo of the bear and tree, part of Madrid's coat of arms/Atletico's logo. There was a demonstration taking place in the evening. Be aware of pickpocketers here.

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The place itself is nothing out of this world, but the ambience is great, a lot of locals, a lot of tourists, it is very nice, there also a lot of places to buy food or souvenirs, and is just at the exit of the subway stop.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a lot going on. Beautiful square with an eclectic group of street performers and vendors selling various fake merchandise.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Puerta del Sol was described to us as the "most important square in all of Spain". It is a very busy place, particularly on a Saturday night. There seem to be protesters there regularly.There are also buskers, people selling souvenirs, food etc. You can see the Oso bear statue. You can buy tickets for the tourist bus tours. You... More 

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Community of Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This can be a very busy place but worth a visit. If you like people watching while having an ice cream on a hot sunny day spend a little time here. I also like shopping in the shops around this area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We learnt about the importance of this square from the guide but overall we didn't find the square that inviting. The square is a bit scruffy and is famous for protests. Also unlicensed street sellars usue it. A place to look at a pass through but not dwell

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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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