Puerta del Sol is one of the most symbolic places in Madrid, and not only for being the place where Madrileños celebrate the arrival of the New Year or for being the epicenter of all the protests and demonstrations. Throughout the centuries, Puerta del Sol has lived many historical moments that changed the future of the country: from battles, uprisings, historical demostrations, assassination of historical figures to important celebrations, like in 1931, when the Second Republic was proclaimed.
In addition to all this, we must mention innumerable icons that you cannot miss like the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (symbol of the city), the famous Zero Kilometer (location from which road distances are measured) or the Statue of King Carlos III (the most beloved King for all Madrileños). The square is dominated by a wonderful neoclassical building, desinged durin the reign of King Carlos III to become the Royal Post Office. Nowadays, however, the building houses the Office of the Government of Madrid.
Despite the passage of time, Puerta del Sol has not lost its crucial importance and continues being the main meeting point for “madrileños”. But not only for locals, every day thousands of people from all over the world visit this “must-see” spot in Madrid.
Join our Madrid Free Walking Tour everyday at 10:45 and discover all the secrets behind this historical square.
Address: Puerta del Sol
Metro: Vodafone Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3 and Cercanías Renfe)