Streets and squares
Barely 5 minutes from Puerta del Sol, the real centre of Madrid, you will come across this emblematic place. Throughout its long history, the Plaza Mayor has witnessed shows, executions, markets and it was even used as a bullfighting ring
Currently, it is a sight to visit for tourists, a place to relax for the locals and a venue for celebrations.
On Sunday mornings there is a street market for stamp and coin collectors and it is also a regular place of work of artists, caricature painters and street performers.
In December the Christmas market and the city’s popular Nativity scene take over Plaza Mayor.
PUERTA DEL SOL
In Puerta del Sol you will find the Kilometro Cero the starting point of all the Spanish roads. Among its buildings the Clock Tower of the Post Office stands out. This building was built and donated in the 19th century by Jose Rodriguez de Losada. Every year this clock welcomes the New Year with its midnight chimes while the Spanish eat the traditional 12 grapes.
The other main monument in this square is the Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (Oso y Madroño), symbol of Madrid.
It is the most famous street in Madrid and also the most photographed. The king Alfonso XIII ordered its construction in 1910 to link the east of the city with its west, it was a great and colossal undertaking that took many years to complete. From its beginnings it was known as the Madrilian Broadway because of its many cinemas and theatres.