Gateway Of The Sun

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  • Address: C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Historical Site, Entertainment, Square, Family And Kids

Spain’s Km 0 is a freaking cool place. It was once really just a gate in a wall around old Madrid, so called because at dawn, it framed the rising sun perfectly. It became a popular meeting point for couriers and messengers who wanted to be the first to exchange juicy gossip – traditionally at the stairs to the Saint Philip church. The people watching here is brilliant, thanks to the plethora of shopping, dining, street music/performances and nightclubs that start after 12:00 am. It’s the country’s spiritual centre too: the square is often the grounds for social and political protests and demonstration. The New Year is rung in live here every year for the last 50 years.

Sights include:

  • The old post office that is the office of Madrid’s President.
  • Mounted statue of Charles III of Spain
  • The Tio Pepe sherry lighted sign.
  • a statue of a bear and a madrone tree (madroño), the heraldic symbol of Madrid.
  • The kilometro cero plaque that is also symbolic of the location’s use as a historical and political rallying point.
  • The 12 Grapes Clock

  • Lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Madrid Metro
  • Nearby Bus Station: Carretas - Puerta del Sol

  • Too many to count

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  • Gateway Of The Sun Address: C. Mayor / C. Alcala, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Gateway Of The Sun Timing: 24-hrs
  • Gateway Of The Sun Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Gateway Of The Sun(preferred time): 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Gateway Of The Sun: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 34.35% of people who visit Madrid include Gateway Of The Sun in their plan

  • 41.07% of people start their Gateway Of The Sun visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Gateway Of The Sun

Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

67.5% of people prefer walking in order to reach Gateway Of The Sun

People normally club together Thyssen - Bornemisza Museum and Plaza De Santa Ana while planning their visit to Gateway Of The Sun.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures