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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  • Puerta del Sol is a very tourist square in which among others you will find the famous sculpture of the bear and the Strawberry tree, many street performers of all kinds (clowns, SpongeBob, Chewaca, Alien, Predator, Gypsy trying to sell you Romero etc), and especially the Start of the road to many places of interest in Madrid, since from there you can walk up to Doña Manolita, Plaza Callao, Gran via, Plaza Mayor, San Ginés chocolate, Fnac, etc. There is a Metro stop whose doors overlook the same square called SOL, and various fast food restaurants like the KFC.
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  • The Puerta del Sol is one of the most crowded places in Madrid, all day, with tourists and street performers, playing guitar, guitars, or costumed Disney characters, which I personally find very random, but it is a tourist site, so it is understandable. In the square has the monument of "El Oso y el Madroño", the symbol of Madrid, which is beautiful, and is worth visiting. I've been through the place a few times, and I don't think there's any way to cross this square during your trip. An excellent experience, as well as the various shops in the adjacent streets.
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