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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.