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Puerta del Sol

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Address: C. Mayor | C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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+34 915 32 64 90
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Bustling with activity

A fun happy place to be in Madrid, though do be careful of pickpockets! This is a good landmark as well if you're challenged with the language. This was our centre point for... read more

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The sights were absolutely amazing. It was the holiday and extreme crowded. The Hop on Hop off bus was too crowded. I wasted my money. Didn't get a chance for a complete tour. Weather was nice too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic area to stay! Lots of restaurants, bars, shops. But the best part is the energy of this area. Most attractions are a stone's throw away from here. Metro station with great connections too. Atocha station is a 15 min walk away. I recommend tourists to stay here!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a place where all the shops are. In every street has plenty of shopping centres. It has a train station called sol. It is safe and policeman all around.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If your hotel is near here, it means you're close to everything else. Sol station is also the centerpiece of Madrid's metro lines, so you can get anywhere from here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is definitely one of the liveliest places in Madrid. It is colourful and full of excitement. Any time of the day when you are there, there will always be some buskers or street entertainers performing. A good place to hang out and to get to know the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A fun happy place to be in Madrid, though do be careful of pickpockets! This is a good landmark as well if you're challenged with the language. This was our centre point for meeting friends or to rendezvous at if we were lost :). Right in the middle of the shopping area that connects you to various streets leading up... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I would say the only cool thing to see in this area is the 0 km mark. The rest of the square is full of tourists and people selling things.

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Great to see the fountains but often too busy to take it all in. Always lots going on and great atmosphere

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice place to visit during the day, close to the shops and the tour bus stop. Very busy with lots of buskers and street entertainers. We visited Madrid over New Year and this is where people flock to, to admire the illuminated tree, watch the clock and eat 12 grapes as tradition dictates but there is no firework display.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Full of life, and gorgeous architecture. Christmas markets setup for the holidays and a beautiful tree with lights, very central metro/RENFE station as well!

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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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