Spain Destinations-A Guide To Madrid’s Neighborhoods: Puerta Del Sol

Where Is Puerta Del Sol?

Puerta del Sol is located right in the center of Madrid, a reference of the capital city and the landmark of the Kilometer Zero, the starting point for all major roads in Spain. Puerta del Sol is a meeting point for locals and tourists and you can get to pretty much anywhere in Madrid in less than 15 minutes, thanks to the efficient subway system. 

Top Things To See In Puerta Del Sol

The statue of El Oso y el Madroño,  a bear leaning on a tree, is one of the symbols of Madrid and part of the city’s coat of arms. It is also a meeting point for many locals and tourists.

The Real Casa de Correos (Royal Post Office), built in theXVIII century, is an emblematic building where people gather on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Currently, it houses the government of the Comunidad de Madrid.

Another iconic spot in Puerta del Sol is the neon advertisement for Tio Pepe, which is on top of a historic building, the former Paris Hotel. This billboard was placed on top of the building in 1935 and it has been allowed to stay even after the new regulations regarding Madrid‘s advertisement policies.

Some of Madrid’s most renowned streets lead to Puerta del Sol: Mayor, Alcala, Callao, Preciados, etc.  The neighborhood is located between Gran Vía, the famous shopping street lined by splendid old buildings and department stores and plaza Mayor. You can walk around, shop at the many stores you’ll find along the way or relax at one of the multiple terraces and rooftops where you can enjoy an amazing view of the city.

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