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Morning at Puerta del Sol – Here You’ll Find Spain”s Kilometer Zero

Puerta del Sol is the centre of Madrid. In here, you’ll find the Kilometre Zero slab of Spain’s 6 national roads. One weekend morning, I walked here from my apartment and found out that this place is a hangout of people with hangover from a night of partying. There were many of them sleeping, chatting and sitting on the circular foundation of the statue in different states of drunkeness. They were all waiting for the metro to open so they could go home and hibernate.

Puerta del Sol or Gate of the Sun is a public and business square in the city of Madrid.

Morning at Puerta del Sol - The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Morning at Puerta del Sol – The Center of Madrid (Spain).

During Pride celebrations, the square is a main thoroughfare of wild events, parties, and protests.

Morning at Puerta del Sol - The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Morning at Puerta del Sol – The Center of Madrid (Spain).

The clock tower, built in the 18th century, is the main attraction when Madrilenos do their countdown to the New Year. The event is shown on national television.

Morning at Puerta del Sol - The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Morning at Puerta del Sol – The Center of Madrid (Spain).

When you’re done taking selfies here, explore the surrounding area for tapas and wine. And even churros, too!

Morning at Gate of the Sun - The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Morning at Gate of the Sun – The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Plaza Mayor is a short walking distance from here and Palacio Real is a good 15-20 minutes.

Morning at Gate of the Sun - The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Morning at Gate of the Sun – The Center of Madrid (Spain).

Puerta del Sol is a good place for people watching anytime of the day. But late afternoon to evening are the busiest times. Be aware of pickpockets as it is common in this area – that explains the presence of police officers. Don’t forget to get a selfie with the statue of the Bear and a Tree. It is Madrid’s famous symbol – and I have no idea why. 😀

 

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