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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  • Many people pass by or sit in the square ones. Literally becomes crowded. Here you will find musicians playing in every corner and many street vendors. We saw mariachis to play. Nice experience.
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  • It is easy to find, you can see many street artists. Okay for a coffee and watch the artists.
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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€.
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