Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

Stand at the very center of Madrid and feel the buzz as thousands of people meet and greet before a night out, gather for protests, or start out on a tour of the city.

Puerta del Sol, or “Sun Gate,” is Madrid’s 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’s the city’s main public square, hosting everything from political demonstrations to New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Stroll the square and admire the grand old buildings, gaze at the iconic statues and watch Madrileños go about their day. In the center is a statue of King Carlos III, who commissioned much of the city’s 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’s post office for several decades. It later housed the Interior Ministry and the police headquarters under Franco. Today it’s 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’s Eve. It’s a local tradition to eat a grape for each of the 12 chimes at midnight. Find the Kilómetre Cero plaque in front of the tower building; the plaque marks the center of Spain’s six national roads.

At the eastern side of the square is Madrid’s most famous statue, the Bear and the Madroño Tree. It’s 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’s the center of the city and the place where locals and tourists alike stop to get their bearings and plan their day.

Top Hotels Close to Puerta del Sol

Hotel Europa
Hotel Europa
3 out of 5
Calle Carmen, 4, Madrid, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥16,499 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
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4.4/5 Excellent! (101 reviews)
"Center of the action, right in the middle of where we needed to go."

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Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥19,552 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,825 reviews)
"Great experience as usual. Strongly recommended"

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Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid, 28014
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The price is ¥23,482 per night from May 29 to May 30
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,432 reviews)
"Amazing hotel, right spot in the middle of the city with 15 minute access to all surrounding attractions"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

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Hotel Europa
Hotel Europa
3 out of 5
Calle Carmen, 4, Madrid, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥16,499 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
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Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥19,552 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid, 28014
The price is ¥23,482 per night from May 29 to May 30
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NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía
NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía
4 out of 5
Gran Via 21, Madrid, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥27,885 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
4 out of 5
Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥28,894 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Hotel Liabeny
Hotel Liabeny
4 out of 5
Calle de la Salud 3, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥22,381 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Hotel Atlantico Madrid
Hotel Atlantico Madrid
4 out of 5
Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥23,238 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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Room Mate Macarena - Gran Vía
Room Mate Macarena - Gran Vía
3 out of 5
Gran Vía 43, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥19,691 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
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Pestana CR7 Gran Vía Madrid
Pestana CR7 Gran Vía Madrid
4 out of 5
Gran Vía 29, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥24,825 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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