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Puerta del Sol

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Address: C. Mayor | C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban...

Considered by many to be the "hub" of the city, this large urban plaza contains many statues and monuments.

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Heart of the city

It's the heart of the city where you can find absolutely anything your heart desires. There's always something going on there. But it is very very crowded all the time.

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It's the heart of the city where you can find absolutely anything your heart desires. There's always something going on there. But it is very very crowded all the time.

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A short walk from the Plaza Mayor is Madrid's most famous and popular square the Puerta del Sol. This is literally the centre of Madrid - where the radial network of roads converge. The square is semi-circular in shape and has two large fountain in the centre. This is a really busy place and full of people any time of... More 

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Central Spain, worth a visit to have your photograph taken on the very central point floor plaque. Loads going on lots of shops and restaurants easily accessible by subway train.

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A must visit area for all tourists coming to Madrid.Lots of nice buildings to look at, bars, restaurants and also a good place to shop and do sightseeing

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This place does get crowded especially for "0 km" Plenty to sight see, shop, taste, and get lost! Make your you have some kind navigation method- and just go explore!

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Beautiful central square, full of people, beautiful statues, especially the bear and full of Disney characters and people painted with out moving trying to get a tip Around it there are cafés where you can have a coffe, beer or wine. A must in Madrid. Be ware of pickpockets.

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This crowded plaza is the real life center in Madrid. You can find everythig in and arround it. Shops, bars, restaurants and enjoy happenings in the square. All day is full of people.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited during the day and night and the square was very busy due to its popularity with tourists and also locals. It’s a pity touts are allowed to trade there as it makes the place feel more like a market.

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Central plaza has been a key focus of Madrid life through many periods, including being the site of an improvised protest "village" a few years ago. A good place to walk through at various times of day as it changes dramatically. In early morning, the plaza belongs to working people bustling around as costumed characters get ready to hunt for... More 

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If you want a nice drink and don't mind paying slightly more. Visit the restaurant at the top of the El Corte ingles. You get lovely views of the area.

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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