Puerta del Sol, or \u201CSun Gate,\u201D is Madrid\u2019s beating heart. It was once at the eastern extremity of the city and the location of a medieval gate decorated with the rising sun, from which it gets its name. Today it\u2019s the city\u2019s main public square, hosting everything from political demonstrations to New Year\u2019s Eve celebrations.
Stroll the square and admire the grand old buildings, gaze at the iconic statues and watch Madrile\u00F1os go about their day. In the center is a statue of King Carlos III, who commissioned much of the city\u2019s infrastructure and public works projects.
Turn your eyes to the Casa de Correos. The red and beige building was constructed in the 1760s and served as the city\u2019s post office for several decades. It later housed the Interior Ministry and the police headquarters under Franco. Today it\u2019s home to the Presidential Council of the Community of Madrid.
Look up to see the clock tower that all Spaniards turn to for the countdown on New Year\u2019s Eve. It\u2019s a local tradition to eat a grape for each of the 12 chimes at midnight. Find the Kil\u00F3metre Cero plaque in front of the tower building; the plaque marks the center of Spain\u2019s six national roads.
At the eastern side of the square is Madrid\u2019s most famous statue, the Bear and the Madro\u00F1o Tree. It\u2019s the symbol of the city and is on everything from the coat of arms to taxi doors. Head over to the replica Mariblanca statue that marks the spot where a fountain once stood.
Puerta del Sol is surrounded by busy streets packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants. Choose a direction and start exploring. It\u2019s the center of the city and the place where locals and tourists alike stop to get their bearings and plan their day.
Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from La Equitativa Building, Casino de Madrid and Church of las Calatravas. San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Real Casa de la Aduana are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Rialto, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Espana. Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Rialto and Plaza de Espana. Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza del Carmen and Plaza Mayor. Plaza de Espana and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are also within 15 minutes.
This hotel is located in Madrid (Chueca), close to Casino Gran Via, Plaza Mayor and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Also nearby are Plaza de Espana and Prado Museum.
This family-friendly Madrid hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Casino Gran Via and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Madrid hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Espanol. Congress of Deputies and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Literary Quarter, this hostal is steps away from Plaza del Angel and Plaza de Santa Ana.