Known as the official centre point of Spain, it is a gracious, crowded hemisphere of elegant facades, restaurants, shops, clubs, bars and Spanish tapas. It is, above all, a crossroads: people here are forever heading somewhere else, on foot, by metro or by bus.
The Puerta del Sol was originally one of the gates in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century and its name came from the rising sun which decorated the entry, since the gate was oriented to the east. Today, the square connects several commercial and recreational areas and the surrounding streets consist mainly of shopping establishments catering to locals and tourists alike.
The Puerta del Sol is situated in the centre of Madrid, Spain. The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport and is approximately 13 kms from the city centre. From the airport you can take the metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios which takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis operating at the airport.
Getting from the city centre to Puerta del Sol on public transport can be done via the metro Sol (L1, L2, L3) or by city bus 3, 17, 18, 23 and 31.
In the middle of Puerta del Sol is a large equestrian statue of King Carlos III, installed in 1997 which looks out on a beautiful 18th century red brick building, the Casa de Correos built between 1766 and 1768. In front of the Casa de Correos, on the pavement, is the famous "kilometre 0" plaque. The area remains active late into the night and early morning due to nearby bars, dance clubs and street music played for passersby. The square is also the setting for the most famous symbol of Madrid, El Oso y El Madroño; a 20-ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree.
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Just around the corner from the Puerta del Sol, you will find the Iglesia Parroquial de San Ginés de Arlés that is one of the oldest religious sites in the Spanish capital. Right next to the Church you can discover Chocolatería de San Ginés, a unique venue that serves Chocolate with Churros, a traditional Spanish dish that’s generally eaten for breakfast.
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