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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  • Busy place: singers, dancers, vendors on the sly. Streets shopping area. A lot of people at night
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  • Impossible leave Madrid without the picture next to the bear and the strawberry tree. There is one of the resorts that has Madrid. To visit!
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  • C "is the place to be in the evening if you like crowds, animations. Very beautiful place of joy. Anyway if you see a crowd moving in the same direction, follow the. You will come necessarily to the Puerta DEL Sol. increasingly important a transportation node.
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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.
  • Crazy place on a Saturday night. Break dancers, small choruses performing. Easily a couple of thousand people. Lots of eating opportunities.
  • Had fun throughout the few days I was there. From bycicle tours to magic shows to musicians entertaining everyone. Also in the centre of Madrid so it's a good starting point for tourists

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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.
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