Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid

4.4
#22 of 973 in Things to do in Madrid
Stand under the high, granite arches of Puerta de Alcalá, one of Madrid’s most iconic landmarks. Built by Carlos III in 1778, the gate stands at 19.5 m (64 ft) and features elegant Baroque architecture adorned with decorative carvings. Look for the lion’s head that hangs above each of the three arches. Stand back to admire the statues on top of the gate representing the four cardinal virtues. Arrange to visit Puerta de Alcalá and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid online trip itinerary maker .
Create an itinerary including Puerta de Alcalá
map
Puerta de Alcalá Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
3,213 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • As it says the song that so aptly interpreted that couple of singers, who was pleased to dedicate to the Puerta de Alcalá. Acreeedor times that I've been through the same and you can always find a detail to highlight, appears now embellished for that pink carpet of flowers that are at his feet. In the month of August, when it loosens the traffic is and especially at dawn, when you can have a good photo, without the inseperable Pik it settled the last century.
    View original
  • I was surprised at how much was going on at the park. Lots of cafes, people, monuments, boats on the lake. We enjoyed a stroll around the lake.  more »
  • Has little to visit, it's beautiful but this located on a roundabout, which makes it impossible to be near her.
    View original
Google
  • Lovely monument. Attracts a lot of tourists. Definitely a must-see if you plan your trip to Madrid when walking through the streets.
  • A really nice entrance way that is quite picturesque. It is too bad that you cannot see it close up or that there did not seem to be any plaques explaining it's building and history, but nice to have pictures without a lot of people around it.
  • One of the original gates to the city. Have your taxi driver take a quick spin around the traffic circle to get a good view. Impressive, but a slow look is all that is necessary.
  • Awesome spot! Really great arch in Madrid! Right next to the Parque de El Retiro! Great architecture, definitely worth visiting in my opinion especially if you're next to the park!
  • Loved it! Reminded me of the song from my childhood, La Puerta de Alcala! It was fun seeing people singing the song in front of it across Parque del Retiro.

Plan your trip to Madrid

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Madrid

The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Madrid by other users

31 days in Community of Madrid BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Italy, Spain & Paris BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Madrid BY A USER FROM MOROCCO November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Italy, Paris & Spain BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Madrid BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Spain, Porto & Lyon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Spain BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Madrid BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Spain, Paris & Brussels BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Spain & London BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans