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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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A busy area close to Plaza Mayor

Another bustling area. Comic characters in costumes here including Darth Vadar and a storm trooper when we were there. Splendid Architecture surround the area.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another bustling area. Comic characters in costumes here including Darth Vadar and a storm trooper when we were there. Splendid Architecture surround the area.

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Famous and a must see. From there is measurred all distances in Spain out of Madrid. Always people going from one place to another, crossing and there is also self made artists entertaining for a small coin or two. Beggars as well everywhere unfortunately. From here is the pedestrian street and it is close to Plaza Mayor. Shopping in El... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were at the plaza de sol twice after dark during our stay. It was very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, but we never felt we had to be on any level of special alert. Come here to watch protests, street performers, light shows; other than a couple restaurants and a few dive bars with beggars and aggressive bouncers,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Madrid has that fresh European breath, in puerta del sol you can have nice walk and there is places to have your tapas and bears for an excellent price Madrid is a place to always come back

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a very busy street with lots to do like restaurants and shopping. I was there for New Year's Eve as well and had a blast.

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Dakar, Senegal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is one of the main 'squares' in the city. It has a metro stop, lots of shopping and a great pastry shop. Lots of buskers and crowds of tourists make it a great location for people watching. from here you can branch out for shopping or just walking around in many interesting directions.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This square is very popular and there are always lots of people around. Including street artist and people trying to sell various items

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This a little like Leicester Square if you are familiar with London? Hard to avoid as we stayed just off the square and it has its charm of course It is a fabulous point of reference as the metro goes anywhere from here, but it was vey busy and full of street artists wanting your euros! The fast food and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the famous centrally located square of Madrid. Almost at the middle of this semicircular square "El Oso y El Madroño" (the Bear and the Strawberry Tree) the most important structure is located. The other must see things are famous clock of all Spaniards at the Clock Tower and a historic stone slab which marks the starting point of... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing special only walked through to see the bear and the strawberry tree statue, some really cool street artists, who look like they are flying or floating. Loads of lucky lucky men trying to sell allsorts. Similar to trafalgar square in london in terms of amount of street artists.

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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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