Puerta del Sol, Madrid

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Every visitor to Madrid passes through Puerta del Sol at some point during a stay. While the plaza’s center teems with people from all over the world, its outer edges are filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, and currency exchanges. Home to a famous clock that marks the beginning of each new year, the plaza also contains memorials and statues that reflect the city's history. With a major metro stop and a central location, it’s a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Use our Madrid trip itinerary tool to arrange your visit to Puerta del Sol and other attractions in Madrid.
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  • The square takes tourists all year round. A meeting place to enjoy a rich coffee, go to la Mallorquina to have breakfast, or walk one block to buy candies of sugared violets, mmm... Varied street performers entertain your visit, while you can see the buildings and emblematic monuments that surround it. Beautiful place
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  • Nerve center of the city (it's here that you can walk on the zero kilometer if you want to return another time), there is not a lot of hours of the day or night where this famous square is not animated. Free guides to artists asking for money, tourists to locals, there is always the world at this place. Several famous buildings surround the place, which also contains the famous Statue of the bear and the strawberry tree (the symbols of Madrid). Whether to stop a moment and look at the crowd through, or go to one of the meeting points of the circuits of visit, you can not miss!
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  • Nice and crowded place but at night its more beautiful. Nice and Beautiful place and surroundings, amazing place. Full of history and culture, amazing food near that place. Very easily accessible by m...  more »
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  • Lively place with tons of people at all times of day or night. The focal point Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun) is currently under renovation and it's covered with a photo of what it looks like, so the place doesn't have that grandeur feeling other historical plazas in Spain have. The main attraction right now seems to be the Apple Store. Besides this the equestrian statue of Charles III and the restored Tio Pepe neon sign are still worth checking out as well as the KM 0 plaque in front of Puerta del Sol.
  • It's at the heart of Madrid (mile marker 0) and it shows. Always busy no matter what time of day or night (ok, it quietens down around 2am) and is full of tourists and hawkers, with street acts coming out in the evening. Sol is the main metro station and takes you to many other locations. To the north are avenues taking you past food shops, boutiques, and niche stores towards Grand Via. To the south are roads taking you to a mix of cosmopolitan and refurbished stores.
  • A great open space with seats and events for all to see. A great hub for meeting, shopping and dining. All Life is in view, with no trouble or harassment by or for anyone. Busy but we felt totally secure.
  • This is a huge square with loads of tapas bars and restaurants souvenir shops sweet shops and many more delightful shops. As u walk out the square u walk between all these small walkways which lead u to more shops and tapas bars. A true delight and entertaining. In the main plaza u have various artists performing what they good at etc. A real must place to visit.
  • Crazy place on a Saturday night. Break dancers, small choruses performing. Easily a couple of thousand people. Lots of eating opportunities.
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