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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  • It's a beautiful place with nice shops around it and pretty much right in the center of Madrid. At night the plaza is packed with teenagers and other party goers and there is always something to do and someone to talk to. In the evening there are people in costumes and so on putting up shows all around. I was forced to stay at the Puerta del Sol because my flight got delayed but I had no problem spending 4 or 5 hours just walking around and checking out stores and alleys. There are many clubs near by. Although I'm an apple hater the apple store was very nice and had some historic info about the building all around it. The only disappointment was that there was no door at the Puerta Del sol and some people looked very suspicious especially the homeless people scattered all around the place. All in all very nice place to go would recommend.
  • I was strolling around on the calm, quiet and small streets near Puerta del Sol, and then I just so happened to take a street that led directly to the plaza (Puerta del Sol). It was like discovering another city! It was so lively, energetic, and full of people. Some people just hung around, others performed in music or sports or even in Disney costumes. It was a nice experience especially because of the pizza places nearby, where you can buy thick slices of pizza for only 1€.
  • It the center of Madrid as well as a sample of Spain.. On one side you see Apple Store and the other side you find Vodafone Store. In the middle two beautiful fountains And the statue of the kind. The most attractive part is the open air shows which take place there by different groups of youth. Visit it after sunset and enjoy walking there....
  • A must see in Madrid. Very nice area for shopping and eating local delicacies. I recommend you spend at least half day there and explore the restaurants in the area. The kids loved the place and had fun too
  • Very fun place with lots of shops and a very infamous town square with lots of tourists and things to do. We did a Segway tour through here and enjoyed the place very much. There is also a bunch of bars and restaurants in the area so you can choose wherever you want to go!
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