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Puerta del Sol

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

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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Puerto del sol vibrant Christmas location

We visited in late November/ early December and the puerto del sol was dominated by an enormous Christmas tree an area of good shopping food and street acts made it a good place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This has to be the most convenient location to stay if you can find a decent priced hotel! Lots of shows, bakeries, restaurants, shops and good for pictures! The metro station is right in the Plaza which makes it very convenient to get to and from here if you aren't staying in the city.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This reminded us of New Yorks Time Sq. This was a plaza with lots of shops and things to do right around there. But We only walked through, we did not stay too long. We saw some street art and things of that nature. Busy and nice for the city.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This area was not for us. Very busy, people everywhere, very much a commercial area that would suit people that enjoy shops and shopping.

Thank LincolnshireBilly
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited in late November/ early December and the puerto del sol was dominated by an enormous Christmas tree an area of good shopping food and street acts made it a good place to drink in the Christmas atmosphere

Thank wtnewtonpalmer
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Could not believe how crowded this location was but understandably so, fantastic shopping, street artists, biggest Christmas tree we've ever seen

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We love this Square. Usually stay at the Hotel Europa so you can watch all the action witch is nonstop I sure you. So many nice tapas bars, shops, and a big department stores with a gourmet section downstairs and really the epicenter of Madrid.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Puerto del Sol is the start of “Kilometre Zero” – the official starting point for Spain’s 6 national roads. You’ll find a stone slab outside the Casa de Correos marking the spot. Sol looks and feels like the working heart of Madrid, always busy, filled with tourists and locals alike. This is also the home of Spain’s famous New Year’s... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We crossed Puerta Del Sol many times during our visit. We were there when they were setting the Xmas tree up and then when they turned the lights on. It is spectacular. Apparently everyone else thought so, because regardless the heavy rains the place was jam packed all the time.

Thank DianaAndAlex
Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A very buisy plaza with thousands of people local and tourists during all the day every day. Lots of shops around for shoping lovers.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just a square in the city center. It is small and not very impressive. You will lose nothing if you'll skip it.

Thank Nikita K

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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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