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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 (93)

Seems like a great place to shop, seems safe too

With Tio Pepe in the background and the Bear and strawberry tree infront of you keep walking around this area it seems like a great place to shop eat and see a lot of the local flavor. I think I would stay around here next time. Make sure to shop In the department store El Corte Inglés, we loved the grocery store in the basement. We bought a lot of Tio Pepe there and Cava along with olives and water.

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jnyvegas
Feb 26, 2007

Puerta del Sol

They say this is the exact center of Spain, although it's not entirely true. (They actually have a plaque on the ground that reads "kilómetro 0." This is the true heart of the city though, with many places to eat, shop, and go out. It is very commercial and touristy, but it is just as popular for locals. It is amazing to think that so much history took place here as well...for instance, the battle portayed in Goya´s "Dos de Mayo."

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Lauritalamadrilena
Jul 27, 2005

Puerta del Sol

This is considered to be kilometer 0. This square is where the distances in Spain are measured from. It is one of several busy hubs in Madrid. You will find architecture, fountain, people, and a lot of places to visit in the immediate vicinity. It seems to be a busy place in both the day and night.

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sswagner
Jan 13, 2005

Puerta del Sol (Gate of the...

Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun).
Calle Del Carmen.
Calle del Arenal.
Joy Eslava.
Calle Mayor.
Plaza Mayor.
Casa de Lope de Vega.
Circulo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Institute).
Plaza de Cibeles.
Teatro Real (Opera House).
Plaza de Oriente.
Palacio Real (Royal Palace).
Palacio de Liria.
Gran Via.
Convento de las Descalzas Reales.
Almudena Cathedral.
Palacio-Telecomunicaciones.
PUERTA DEL SOL (Gate of the Sun) is the very middle of Madrid and therefore the heart of Spain; it’s the inevitable starting point for any tour of the city. From there six of Spain’s national highways officially begin and, beneath the streets, three of the city’s 12 Metro lines converge. To mark this as the center of the nation, a stone slab embedded with a bronze disk in the pavement shows Kilometro Cero. Across the street from that marker, at the end of CALLE DEL CARMEN, is a statue of a bear pawing a bush (el Oso y el Madrono). This is both the emblem of the city and a favorite meeting place.

CALLE DEL ARENAL leads west from Puerta del Sol toward the Opera House and the Royal Palace. About halfway along is the ancient church of San Gines, with a painting by El Greco of the money changers chased from the temple (church open daily during services only). It stands in uneasy juxtaposition to JOY ESLAVA, one of Madrid’s biggest discotheques.

CALLA MAYOR, which runs southwest from the Puerta del Sol (and like Calle del Arenal also ends close to the Palacio Real), is one of Madrid’s oldest and most important thoroughfares, taking you through the heart of the medieval city. Of special note is the Plaza de la Villa, where you’ll find examples of Spanish architectural development over three centuries. The oldest surviving example is the Torre de los Lujanes, a 15th-century building in Mudejar style (the work of Christianized Muslims after the Reconquest). Next oldest is the Casa de Cisneros, built in the ornate, 16th-century Spanish Renaissance style. The Ayuntamiento building was begun in the 17th century but finished in a baroque style. It’s open to the public every working Monday throughout the year at 5 pm. Free. Ayuntamiento at Plaza de la Villa 4, phone 91-588-2900.

PLAZA MAYOR. The most important landmark in Madrid. Set back from Calle Mayor it is an almost perfectly preserved and extremely beautiful 17th-century arcaded square. It was completed in 1619 during the reign of Felipe III—a statue of him astride a stallion is at the center of the plaza. Episodes of great historical import took place in this huge square: the tribunals and public executions of the Inquisition, the crowning of kings, great festivals, demonstrations and bullfights. In our time, during summer months the royal balconies on the north side of the square become an outdoor theater and music stage; and in the winter, just before Christmas, the square becomes a bazaar for festive decorations and religious regalia. Sunday mornings there’s a traditional stamp-and-coin open market. On the plaza are cafes that serve expensive drinks and tapas to patrons sitting outside in the sun—be prepared to pay a little extra for the pleasure of sitting and nursing a drink for hours, without being bothered by the waiters. Around and below the Plaza Mayor are some of the city’s liveliest mesones (tapas bars). Along the old Calle Cuchilleros, leading out of the Plaza Mayor, you may be chomping your way through a bocadillo (sandwich) and knocking back sangria while you’re serenaded: Passing tunas—student groups dressed in Renaissance knickerbockers and doublets—wander around town playing, singing and passing the hat.

CASA DE LOPE dE VEGA. This house of Spain’s greatest dramatist is, ironically, on Calle de Cervantes (Lope de Vega’s greatest rival). It’s well worth visiting for its reconstruction of life in 17th-century Madrid. Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-2 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm. 200 Ptas. Calle Cervantes 11, phone 91-429-9216.

CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES (Fine Arts Institute). At this site you’ll find almost every aspect of the arts under one roof: theater, music hall, exhibition gallery, cinema and (equally important) a very pleasant bar. Tuesday-Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday 11 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm. Sunday and holidays 11 am-2 pm. A minimal entrance fee of 100 Ptas is collected at the door. Most events are free. Calle Alcala 42, corner of Marques de Casa Riera, phone 91-360-5408.

PLAZA DE CIBELES. This is the juncture of Alcala, Paseo del Prado and Paseo de los Recoletos. In the middle of the plaza is an enchanting fountain dedicated to the goddess Cybele. The imposing structure with the golden sphere on its roof houses the main offices of the Banco de Espana (Bank of Spain). The wedding-cake building on the opposite side of the plaza is the Palacio de Comunicaciones, Madrid’s main post and telegraph office. Nearby is the Casa de las Americas. Built by a Spaniard who made his way back from the New World, it was the site of ceremonies in 1992 commemorating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ “discovery” of America. It’s used as a cultural center promoting the arts of Latin America. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-7 pm. Art gallery open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-7 pm. Free. Tours available Friday-Sunday 10 am-1:30 pm, 300 Ptas. Paseo de Recoletos 2, phone 91-595-4800.

TEATRO REAL (Opera House). Not a particularly large hall, it is nonetheless the city’s most prestigious. Built in the mid 19th century, it almost sank in the early 20th century as a result of settling caused by underground canals. After nine years of refurbishment and technical reconditioning, it is now considered one of the great opera houses of the world. In addition to operatic performances, the Teatro hosts dance productions and that distinctly Spanish form of operetta called zarzuela. Plaza de Isabel II, next to the Plaza de Oriente and opposite the Palacio Real. Phone 91-558-8787 or 91-516-0660 to order tickets.

PLAZA DE ORIENTE. A pleasant garden with a small children’s playground, the Plaza de Oriente separates the Opera House from the Palacio Real and the Madrid cathedral, the Almudena. In the plaza are 44 statues of Spanish kings and queens. They were designed to go on the facade of the Palacio Real but were found to be too heavy for the roof to support. In the center of the square is a superb statue of Felipe IV on horseback.

PALACIO REAL (Royal Palace). This building claims more rooms than any other European palace; a library with one of the biggest collections of books, manuscripts, maps and musical scores in the world; an armory with an unrivaled collection of weapons dating back to the 1400s; and an original pharmacy—a curious mixture of alchemist’s den and early laboratory. There are dozens of Flemish and Spanish tapestries, endless rococo decorations, bejewelled clocks and pompous portraits of monarchs. Built after the previous palace burned down on Christmas Day 1734, it was the principal royal residence until Alfonso XIII went into exile in 1931. (The current royal family inhabits a more modest residence on the outskirts of the city, using the Palacio Real only on state occasions.) Guided tours in English, Spanish, German and French—the only way to see the main apartments—are available. April-September hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-6 pm, Sunday 9 am-3 pm. October-March hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-6 pm, Sunday 9 am-2 pm. 950 Ptas adults, 350 Ptas students and senior citizens. Adjacent to the Plaza de Oriente, phone 91-542-0059.

PALACIO DE LIRIA. This is the residence of the duke and duchess of Alba. The duchess is an old school friend and relative of Queen Elizabeth II of England and is probably the most titled person in the world, with some 180 honors. Open by appointment only. You must book a reservation by phone several months in advance. Tours take place each Friday at 11 am and noon. Calle Princesa 20, 28008 Madrid, Spain. Phone 91-547-5302, fax 91-541-0377.

GRAN VIA. A broad street leading southeast toward the Plaza Callao and from there east to the Plaza de Cibeles, effectively dividing the old city to the south from the newer parts northward. Built in the early 1900s and intended to resemble Manhattan’s Broadway of that period, this avenue is always jammed with traffic and crowded with shoppers and sightseers.

CONVENTO DE LAS DESCALZAS REALES. One of the hidden treasures of Madrid, it lies south of the Gran Via on the Plaza de las Descalzas and west of the Puerta del Sol. The convent was founded by Juana de Austria, at 19 already the widow of Prince Don Juan of Portugal. In her wake came a succession of titled ladies (the name translates as the Convent of the Barefoot Royals) who brought fame to the convent and subsidized it generously. This beautiful, tranquil place is filled with works of art. The convent is still in use but is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10:30 am-12:45 pm and 4-5:45 pm, Friday 10:30 am-12:45 pm, Sunday and holidays 11 am-1:30 pm. 650 Ptas. Plaza de las Descalzas, phone 91-559-7404 or 91-542-0059.

Note: The convent is closed for renovations until 1 May. Call 91-454-8700 to confirm reopening.

ALMUDENA CATHERAL. This neo-Gothic building located next to the Palacio Real is dedicated to the city’s patron and replaces the provisional Cathedral of San Isidro as Madrid’s official cathedral. Construction of the cathedral began in 1879 and was finally completed in 1993 after several pauses, most notably during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Monday-Saturday 10 am-1:30 pm and 6-7:30 pm, Sunday 10 am-2:30 pm and 6-7:30 pm. Calle Bailen 8-10, phone 91-542-22-00.

PALACIO-TELECOMUNICACIONES. This absolutely splendid building currently houses the main Post Office and was built by Antonio Palacios at the beginning of the 20th century.

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The Puerta de Sol is a place...

The Puerta de Sol is a place of much activity. There are cafés and shopping. A good place to shop is El Corte Inglés, a department store similar to Sears or JC Penney, and a little like Wal-Mart.
The Kilómetro Cero marker is in the Puerta del Sol. This is the spot where Spain's major roads begin. The Plaza Mayor is also nearby.

ChicaAmable
Aug 24, 2002

The heart of Madrid

This is indeed the heart of Madrid. Everyone comes here to ring in the new year for example. I wanted to see the last of the Tio Pepe signs, but it had gone :(

Certainly a happening place, and most places in Madrid radiate out from here.

Huge Metro interchange

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stevemt
Oct 26, 2011

SOL!

This was probably the most I had in Spain, just roaming the streets of the Puerta Del Sol district. It is where all the action of Madrid is.
There are lots of local specialty shops and a big El Corte Ingles, so you won't have any shortage of shopping, or tapas.

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crmeers
Mar 01, 2010

Puerta de Sol

This area represents the very heart of Madrid. For two reasons, first because it contains the kilometre cero (the mark from which distances from the city are measured). Also because it has been the chief meeting place over the years. Before newspapers, people came here to find out the latest news or gossip. Also there was one of the largest brothels here, another attraction for men from out of town to visit.

Still Madrid's most popular meeting spot is by the monument with symbols of Madrid ( a bear and a madrano (strawberry tree). Whilst you are here look out for the Tio Pepe sign that lights up at night.

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Sun Gate

this will be a multi part tip with more pictures around the huge Puerto Del Sol (Sun Gate), which is Madrid's largest public square and main pedestrian area. I have separate tips for some of the attractions in it.

The Puerto Del Sol is undoubtedly, the most crowded touristy area of Madrid, comparable to the Las Ramblas of Barcelona and has a large number of people and also pick pockets and scam artists, so be on the look out while in the area.

There are many streets converging at Puerto Del Sol but most of them are pedestrian only when they reach the plaza except for Calle Mayor, which slices to the Plaza along the southern end and the streets perpendicular to Calle Mayor along the southern end of Puerto Del Sol as well.

It is originally the location of the Sun Gate of the old walls of Madrid, hence the name, but since 1860, it was renovated into the semi circular form that you see of which it is considered the main retail and shopping and tourist hub of Madrid as the Plaza has many restaurants, artisanal shops, retail shops, attractions such as the Tio Pepe Sign, the Oso & Madroño, the Casa de Correos, Kilometer Zero Slab, Equestrian Statue of King Carlos III, fountains, Mariblanca statue, etc. There is even a Huge Madrid Metro Subway Station below with a rather modern glass architecture entrance along the southern side of Puerto Del Sol.



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machomikemd
Oct 05, 2016

Statue Of King Carlos III

this will be my pictures of the Equestrian Statue of King Carlos III, considered the Mayor of Madrid as he made many improvements of Madrid during his reign. The statue is a bronze sculpture made by Miguel Angel Rodriguez and has a height of 9 meters and has a stone base,

The Puerto Del Sol is undoubtedly, the most crowded touristy area of Madrid, comparable to the Las Ramblas of Barcelona and has a large number of people and also pick pockets and scam artists, so be on the look out while in the area.

There are many streets converging at Puerto Del Sol but most of them are pedestrian only when they reach the plaza except for Calle Mayor, which slices to the Plaza along the southern end and the streets perpendicular to Calle Mayor along the southern end of Puerto Del Sol as well.

It is originally the location of the Sun Gate of the old walls of Madrid, hence the name, but since 1860, it was renovated into the semi circular form that you see of which it is considered the main retail and shopping and tourist hub of Madrid as the Plaza has many restaurants, artisanal shops, retail shops, attractions such as the Tio Pepe Sign, the Oso & Madroño, the Casa de Correos, Kilometer Zero Slab, Equestrian Statue of King Carlos III, fountains, Mariblanca statue, etc. There is even a Huge Madrid Metro Subway Station below with a rather modern glass architecture entrance along the southern side of Puerto Del Sol.

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machomikemd
Oct 05, 2016

Sun Gate 2

this will be pictures of the other attractions around Puerta De Sol

The Puerto Del Sol is undoubtedly, the most crowded touristy area of Madrid, comparable to the Las Ramblas of Barcelona and has a large number of people and also pick pockets and scam artists, so be on the look out while in the area.

There are many streets converging at Puerto Del Sol but most of them are pedestrian only when they reach the plaza except for Calle Mayor, which slices to the Plaza along the southern end and the streets perpendicular to Calle Mayor along the southern end of Puerto Del Sol as well.

It is originally the location of the Sun Gate of the old walls of Madrid, hence the name, but since 1860, it was renovated into the semi circular form that you see of which it is considered the main retail and shopping and tourist hub of Madrid as the Plaza has many restaurants, artisanal shops, retail shops, attractions such as the Tio Pepe Sign, the Oso & Madroño, the Casa de Correos, Kilometer Zero Slab, Equestrian Statue of King Carlos III, fountains, Mariblanca statue, etc. There is even a Huge Madrid Metro Subway Station below with a rather modern glass architecture entrance along the southern side of Puerto Del Sol.





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machomikemd
Oct 05, 2016

The epicenter of Spain

The Puerta del Sol marks both the epicenter of the city and the epicenter of Spain. It is from this point in Spain that all distances are measured and all of the six major highways originate. There is a plaque marking the spot. Don't blink because you might miss it.

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Jun 21, 2007

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Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

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Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - in short: Museo Reina Sofía - is Madrids leading modern art museum. Established 1992, it began to take over the Prado Collection of 20th century modern...
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La Casa Encendida

So La Casa Encendida is a kind of socially-conscious project/creative and learning space sponsored by the Caja Madrid bank.... The building has several floors with various different spaces, most...
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El Parque del Buen Retiro

The Retiro Park (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is the largest Public Park in Madrid and was formerly a private park of the Spanish Monarchy. This park has historical significance as is was formerly...
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Retiro Park

Retiro Park is one of the top places I visited when in Madrid. With around 125 hectares of grounds to explore and numerous routes and walkways around the park, you will not get bored here. Many of the...
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Palacio Cristal

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