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 »
  • For starters, the metro getting there was so easy, I couldn't believe it! As for the place itself was very touristy. You can take that how ever you'd like but it was kind of cool seeing people from different places in Spain and also around the world. One thing I have to say about this place is that you cannot be shy and you have to love to dance. There is so much going on it is hard to wrap your head around. If you are looking for a more Spanish cultural experience, I'd recommend traveling outside of Sol. Just outside Sol there are a lot of shopping spots. I was there for three nights and I could not complain. It was a great time!
  • 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 metro. Highly recommend if u like to see the history of Spanish and Roman empire. There are many other attractive places around the corner. I am sure you will love it if u r in Madrid and wants to enjoy some free time.
  • Fun, bustling plaza in the center of Madrid. There are a lot of events and buskers in the area. It'll keep you entertained for as long as you want. There is also nearby shopping and restaurants. Those on the plaza itself are a bit expensive, so venture down one of the side streets to find a place to shop or eat off the beaten path. But enjoy the plaza!
  • Lively public square with restaurants, pubs, discos, cafes, shopping malls, street artists performing etc. One stop shop for all entertainment needs! But since its a tourist spot, prices are a bit inflated! The streets are Paved and the lighting is beautiful at night! People gather here to just relax chit chat and enjoy the ambience all around. Great place to unwind after a hard days work!
  • The famous Bear and mushroom statue is located here.. There is a huge central place where football team celebrations happen. This place is always crowded so take care of ur purse! There are top notch shopping streets around this Plaza. It is also the starting point for many walking tours (both free and paid) in the city of Madrid. There are also many souvenir shops and food out lets around.. Must visit when in Madrid..
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