We went to this plaza to see the famous symbol of Madrid, ‘The Bear and the Madrone Tree’. The official name of the statue in Spanish is ‘El Oso y El Madroño’. It is just like any other major cities: lots of tourists, shops and street entertainers (and pick pocketers), nothing overly special. It is only few blocks away from another popular tourist destination called Plaza Mayor. I have read that all of the roads of Madrid ends here and that Puerta del Sol actually means ‘Gate of the Sun’. If you want to visit the old part of Madrid, you have to cross this plaza. Another attraction is this famous clock situated on top of ‘House of the Post Office’ building, it’s bells mark the traditional eating of the ‘Twelve Grapes’ and the beginning of a New Year.
Address: Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain. Closest station is Sol, Use either of Line 1,2 and 3.