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    • 1 week ago
    • Bryan

    Quite agree William. Well remember the first time I discovered El Mercado de San Miguel. What a place. So much life and noise. Needless to say have visited many many times since for the odd glass and a few nibbles. Thoroughly recommended people. Well worth a visit or three.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Capture Sam

    Two national holidays - 6 December : Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) marks the anniversary of a referendum held in Spain on December 6, 1978. 8 December :The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. This day is a holy day of obligation in which many Christians, particularly of the Catholic faith, attend special church services for this occasion. Both are public holidays and are a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 1 week ago
    • William

    Puerta del Sol so great at this time of the year but don't miss El Mercado de San Miguel for the best tapas choices. It has a little bit everything!.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Patti

    Hi all! This place is beautiful, always full of life, day and night, and now even more, the Christmas lights and its magnificent tree. What a great view !! Have a nice weekend everyone!!
    Haaaaaa Madrid Madrid!! ❤

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • William

    Thank you Sam great info! One step closer to retirement!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    Christmas lighting schedule Christmas 2018-2019 (November 23-Jan 6, 256 total hours)
    ◾Domingos, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: from 18:00 to 23:00 h
    ◾Thursday, Friday, Saturday and holiday eve: from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    ◾ On December 25 and January 1 and 6: from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    ◾December 24th: from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    ◾December 31: from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ◾The 5th of January: from 18:00 to 03:00 h

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Richard Martin

    Beautiful at night as well as during the day.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    28nov18--The ornamental lighting installed in Madrid at Christmas this year has new designs on different streets, as well as on Calle de Alcalá, from Cibeles to Puerta de Alcalá, the lighting will evoke the sky of Madrid covered with stars; in the street of Serrano his motives will represent different fabrics in homage to the street of fashion; and the firs of the Red de San Luis, calle de Fuencarral and the squares of Callao and Colón will also have new ornaments. To the usual municipal circuit that includes ornamental lighting design, chains and cherry trees, this year new sites have been added in several districts of the city.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Richard Martin

    I agree William. I've been to Times Square in New York several times. Puerta del Sol looks nicer. A beautiful place.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    28nov18--El árbol de Sol ( the sun tree ), in 2013 the sun tree was 28 meters tall and 10 meters across its base with 4 openings through which people loved to take photographs. Each level of the tree has separate lighting. Over the years the tree has grown. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • William

    Puerta del Sol is beautiful all year. Always something interesting and exciting going on. The Times Square of New York! Great hotels everywhere to fit all budgets. Madrid te amo nos vemos permanentemente muy pronto!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Richard Martin

    And yet still beautiful.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    27nov18--During all the Christmas holidays, lights of all colors flood the city. Streets, squares and buildings are illuminated with millions of lamps that meet the strictest requirements of respect for the environment and energy efficiency, lighting more but consuming less.
    The ornamental lighting installed in Madrid at Christmas this year has new designs on different streets, as well as on Calle de Alcalá, from Cibeles to Puerta de Alcalá, the lighting will evoke the sky of Madrid covered with stars; in the street of Serrano these motives will represent different fabrics in homage to the street of fashion; and the firs of the Red de San Luis, calle de Fuencarral and the squares of Callao and Colón will also have new ornaments. To the usual municipal circuit that includes ornamental lighting design, chains and cherry trees, this year new sites have been added in several districts of the city. There will also be the traditional firs that will be located in the Puerta del Sol. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • William

    Puerta del Sol, Mercado San Miguel, Plaza Mayor, Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas, Botin, Cava Baja, Este es Madrid el Centro. Cuando yo muera espero que haya un hueco en el cielo para ver abajo a mi Madrid!

Madrid - Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid, the symbol of the capital city of Spain, popular rendez-vous point for locals and tourists, wonderful location where many important events take place, a testimony to the history of Madrid, the administrative and commercial center, really worth a visit at night, when bright lights and the colours of the overwhelming Movida Madrileña turn on.

This thriving social center of Spain's capital has a semicircular shape, its ancient origins date back to the 15th century and to the reign of Charles I who ordered a gate to be built for better access into the town; soon it became a meeting point and new buildings were built, originally to serve political functions, all around the 'door' (puerta) that, starting from the 15th century, was the entrance gate to the capital, its name, Spanish for 'Gate of the Sun' derives from this city gate decorated with a symbolic sun; over the centuries Madrid grew rapidly, the square was considerably enlarged and new elegant and imposing buildings were erected, the House of the Post Office (Real Casa de Correos, 1768), a work of the architect Jacques Marquet, is still today a splendid example of this. The square is embellished by monumental fountains and cultural icons that make it popular in Spain as elsewhere in the world such as the aristocratic palace with the giant neon of Tío Pepe's sign sitting above, the clock tower of the House of the Post Office (1866), its clock, known as 'Reloj de Puerta del Sol' is the most popular of Spain, the Equestrian statue of King Charles III, just in front of the House of the Post Office, the statue of Mariblanca and the statue of a female bear eating fruits from a strawberry tree (El Oso y El Madroño), this bronze statue, sculptured by Antonio Navarro, symbolizes the aristocracy and the fertile soil of Madrid. Another icon of Puerta del Sol is the plaque 'Kilometre Zero' (Kilómetro Cero) on the pavement at the entrance of the House of the Post Office marking the center of the Spanish road network and the starting point from where all the Spanish most important distances are measured and the starting point of the main roads of Madrid such as Calle del Arenal, Calle de Alcalá, Calle Mayor, Calle Carretas and Calle Preciados.

On the night of December 31 Puerta del Sol is full of magic, a great emotion to wait and celebrate the arrival of midnight while eating 12 grapes with all the crowds in time with the 12 chimes (campanadas) of the Reloj, one on each stroke, locals and tourists can't miss this traditional night, a wonderful scene that can be seen live also on TV or on Internet.

Cam on-line since: 04/23/2014