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Puerta de Alcala

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Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid Madrid, Spain
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Imposing Arch in middle of the Road

Not a must see thing but worth looking at if passing by. Not far from the Park de Retiro. This is one of a few arches in the city

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
St Helens, United Kingdom
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a must see thing but worth looking at if passing by. Not far from the Park de Retiro. This is one of a few arches in the city

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Typical grand stone gateway found in most European capitals. Metro Station close by. Impressive. Worth a visit on the way to the park.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A two minutes stop on the way to another location on the visit to any nearby site , a couple of photos and continue your trip to the main destination.

Thank Georges K
Karnei Shomron, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to get know the city, this point is obligatory to visit. That is for historical and aesthetic reasons.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Puerta de Alcalá is a nice monument to visit. However, unfortunately it is located in a high traffic zone which ruins its beauty. I would recommend visiting it early in the morning or late at night. Additionally, there are many very good restaurants located all around and from there you can go up Calle de Serrano which is a lovely... More 

Thank Laurence F
Novo Hamburgo, RS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It seems that it was a gate in ancient times, to entry in the city, because it has the same appearence like Brandenburg gate in Berlin.

Thank Luis M
Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited the place in the evening during the sunset and it was very nice. Of cours there are some people and you have to wait until the gonna leave and you can make some pictures. Especially when you are standing with the perspective of the big street in the background the pictures look very impressive then.

Thank ChinChiller117
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Impressive monument to see when passing by; not much to it after that though. You can have a decent look at it while visiting Parque El Retiro.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The monument is beautiful, but there is little else to do there other than making a picture of it, just the entrance to El Retiro.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

this gate to the city is breathtaking, puerta de alcala located next to retiro park is a must-see in beautiful madrid

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighbourhood 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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