Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol) is the most popular and commercial area in the old town. Five hundred years ago it was just another ... More
Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol) is the most popular and commercial area in the old town. Five hundred years ago it was just another city gate with an image of the sun drawn on it, hence its name. Nowadays, the square is famous for being the center of the national road network. The plaque on the pavement outside the old Post Office building denotes 'kilometer 0'. The distance between Madrid and every other part of Spain is measured from here. Thousands of revelers gather in the square once a year to await the chimes of the clock that officially announces the New Year.
It was our first stop when we got to Spain. It captures the total essence of Madrid. The buildings are gorgeous, the people are friendly. Its full of excitement. But watch out for the pick pockets. My daughters passport, camera, money stolen while we sat on a park bench.
This is a meeting point in Madrid. Geographically the center of Spain, with the starting point of all the highways, roads, motorways etc just right here (you can see the km 0 mark on the floor if you walk by the tube station ). It is a very nice place, always crowded, very very hot (no shadows allowed) and the perfect starting point when getting to know Madrid.
There are many ways to spend your time and money at this attractive central square: stroll around and admire the
architecture and the murals or even buy an original watercolor from one of the many pavement artists. During the ...
This former royal residence (Palacio Real) houses a fantastic collection of paintings (Velázquez, Caravaggio, and Goya), sculptures, furniture, tapestries, glassware,
gold and silverware, medals, porcelain, and musical instruments. It is well worth visiting the rooms decorated by Gasparini as ...
The continuation of Gran Vía that links Plaza de España to Moncloa offers something for shoppers, cinema fans and art
lovers. The Renoir cinema is here on pretty Plaza de los Cubos. A little further along, on the other ...
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