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Córdoba Private Guided Day Tour from Madrid
"Enjoy this private 8 hour tour with your guide and get to the historical city of Cordoba very comfortably in a fast train service. The tour will start off with a ride from Madrid's ATOCHA train station and then travel comfortably by fast train to your official tour guide will meet you at the train station and your private tour will start. Your tour is completely personalized to fit your own needs. The tour will be organized taking into account what you want. An example of what some of the Jewish quarter and Gothic architecture and roman remains.The tour will finish off at the same meeting point.""""Once you visit Madrid and have a day to spare you cannot miss on a visit to Cordoba. Embark on an amazing full-day excursion. Explore Cordoba’s Moorish monuments with your private tour guide and emerge yourself in the historical streets and admire the great architecture."title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+full-day+tour+to+Cordoba+from+Madrid&2=Ride+the+fast+train+with+a+guide+through+the+scenic+Andalusian+countryside&3=See+highlights+of+the+city%27s+UNESCO-listed+historic+center&4=Step+inside+Cardoba%27s+famous+cathedral+built
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Madrid Full Day by High Speed Train from different points in Spain
"Transfer by your own to the High Speed Railway Station to take the morning High Speed Train to Madrid. Arrival in Madrid. Free time to discover this magnificent city considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. We include an afternoon city tour at 15.00 h (meeting at 14.45 h) in our VPT Terminal at C/ Ferraz 3. The best tour to get acquainted with the city. During approximated 2:30 hours we’ll see the most important buildings avenues and squares to know the monuments and its history from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present modern city: Gran Vía Plaza de España University
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Madrid Full Day Tour by High Speed Train from Valencia
"Transfer by your own to Valencia Railway Station to take the morning High Speed Train to Madrid. In Madrid you will have free time to discover this magnificent city considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is included an afternoon city tour at 15.00 h (meeting at 14.45 h) in the terminal. Enjoy visiting this amazing city during 2.30 hour where you will see the most important buildings avenues and squares to know the monuments and its history from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present modern city: Gran Vía Plaza de España University Moncloa
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Puerta del Sol Tips (92)

The door to the sun!

The semi circular junction of Plaza del Sol comprises of shops, bars and restaurants and serves as a great meeting point. This is where the statue of the bear can be found which is the symbol of Madrid, and just south of the bear you will find the statue of King Carlos III.
The Puerta Del Sol is also known for being the point from where all distances are measured in Spain - you can always find out how far you are from Puerta del Sol!
What I liked best about Puerta del Sol is that it has lots of side-streets all spread out around the square, some filled with busy cafes, some with shops, some with a never-ending choice of hostels, some with clubs....It's super, makes the centre very compact and easy to explore! =)

Plaza Mayor is just a 5-minute walk away!

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Zlur
Jan 15, 2004

Puerta del Sol


This is one of the busiest places in Madrid

You can find revindications, manifestations or just people doing some tourist, people going to shops.... Always Always crowded...

The photo is the building called Casa de Correos and now the head quarters of the Community of Madrid's Autonomous Government

See the carillon on the top? here is where you have to be for New Year eve, even if you may not hear it as well as on TV lol

Also visit around the important monuments on the square, km 0, the oso y madro?o, the statue of Carlos III and ops I never remember the name of the other one lol

I am trying to get all the tips in an itinerary logic order, but always the route are up to the person.

From here head to the next tip:

PLAZA MAYOR

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Carmela71
Dec 16, 2003

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is always crowded, I guess there are both tourists and madrilenos passing here... all running to shops, tourist attractions, changing a bus, metro or just wandering through the old town. At the end of Calle del Carmen at the enter to the Plaza there is the bear with the tree - Mardid's Heraldry and it's always surrounded by people trying to take a pic of it.

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Maggies
Sep 29, 2003

Puerta del Sol & Casa de Correos

The Old Post house, its now become the offices of Madrid's Council. It was built in 1768 with it's tower with four sided clock. The clock (and the plaza below) have become the centre point of Madrid's New Year celebrations, if your here for New Year this is the place to be at midnight.

Peuerta del Sol ( Sun gate ) was once the location of one of the cities gate in its fortified walls.

A statue you will see in the Plaza is a replica of "La Mariblanca'' White Venus, the original is now in the Municipal Museum.

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Beach_dog
Sep 14, 2003
 
 
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Puerta del Sol - Statue of Carlos III

Carlos III ( Charles III ) King of Spain 1759-1788. The statue was only erected in 1992, to honour him for the improvements he made in the city. For this reason earlier Madrilenos called him the Mayor of the city. The history of his life is written on the white plinth of the statue.

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Beach_dog
Sep 14, 2003

Puerta del Sol - Kilometer Zero

This paving slad located outside the Casa de Correos marks the point from whick all the roads radiating out from Madrid are measured. It could be said to be the center of Spain.
I must admit I was a little disappointed at how small and insignificant it was, if it had not been pointed out to me I'm sure I would have missed it. It was also badly in need of renovation, over the years its been worn away by the feet of many tourists as myself.

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Beach_dog
Sep 14, 2003

The bear and the strawberry tree

In Puerto del Sol is the wonderful bronze evocation of the symbol of Madrid.

The bear reaches for the fruit of the madrono. Although it is large and stands on a plinth it can be missed in the hustle and bustle of this lively square.

It is at the corner of the Calle del Carmen.

Do as many do - give his heel a friendly rub as you pass by.

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ChrsStrl
Aug 30, 2003

Almost a cliche

The Puerto del Sol: what can one say? In this 'square' is Kilometre Zero, from which every distance in Spain is measured. It is a centre of life both day and night - tourists come to see the great Tio Pepe sign and the bear at the strawberry tree which is part of Madrid's symbol.

Just go along to enjoy the bustle - and then step into the cool air conditioning of El Corte Ingles!

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ChrsStrl
Aug 30, 2003
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"¡Bienvenido a Madrid!/Welcome to Madrid!"
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"Madrid is where I live"
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"Madrid: My home for 3 fantastic weeks!"
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Symbol

This sculpture represents a bear eating the fruits of an arbutus; it is the symbol of Madrid, and even the name of the city comes from the name of the plant in Spanish ("madroño"). It is situated at Puerta del Sol, the main square of Madrid.

Esta estatua representa a un oso comiendo los frutos de un madroño; es el símbolo de Madrid, e incluso el nombre de la ciudad viene del nombre del arbusto. Está ubicado en la Puerta del Sol, la plaza principal de Madrid.

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andal13
Aug 21, 2003

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) is not a gate; it is the most important square and the very heart of Madrid. There you find two monuments: an equestrian statue of King Charles the 3rd ("the best mayor, the king") and the symbol of Madrid: the bear and the arbutus. The provincial government building is situated on one side of the square.
At December 31st, people assemble here and wait for the New Year.

La Puerta del Sol no es una puerta; es la plaza más importante y el corazón de Madrid. Allí se encuentran dos monumentos: una estatua ecuestre del Rey Carlos III ("el mejor alcalde, el rey") y el símbolo de Madrid: el oso y el madroño. El edificio del gobierno de la provincia está situado en uno de los lados de la plaza.
El 31 de diciembre, la gente se congrega allí para recibir el Año Nuevo.

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andal13
Jul 15, 2003

Km 0 in Puerta del Sol

Although Puerta del Sol could be literally translated as "Sun's Gate", you should not expect to find there a gate of any kind, but an enormous square that is the neuralgic (and official) center of Madrid. Its origins could be traced to the reign of Carlos I (XVI century), who built an entry gate to the city sited on this place. In one of the arches of the gate, there was a painted Sun, and hence the name!

Indeed, Sol area posses some kind of "centric" quality inside: it is not only the place where the Spanish road network officially starts, but also the meeting point for the New Year celebrations in Madrid.

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agarcia
Jun 30, 2003

Puerta del Sol

The Puerta del Sol is one of the busiest Plazas in the centre of Madrid. It is a good starting point to explore the city. At the Puerta del Sol is the Bear Statue, the Kilometre Zero Marker and the Casa de Correos building. The area around Puerto del Sol is crowded with bars, cafes, shops and stores.

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HORSCHECK
May 31, 2003

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