Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain - Firebird City Guides

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Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
The world-famous Gate of the Sun called "Puerta del Sol" in Spanish is a bustling square located in the very heart of the capital of Spain. The Puerta originated as one of the gates in the city walls surrounding 5th century Madrid, taking its name from the rising sun coming through the oriented east gate.

Many historic sights and popular landmarks on the renowned square have made it to our days and are major Madrid tourist attractions. The red brick Casa de Correos (the old post office) built as the city’s main post office in 1768 is decorated with the well-known grand clock, the bells of which mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year. On this holiday people fill the square waiting for the clock's bells to strike midnight, and as the tradition goes they swallow a grape at each gong.

The square's main building houses the regional government of the Comunidad de Madrid. You can also take a look at the kilometer-zero plaque - the symbolic center of Spain, measuring the country's network of roads. Don't miss the statue of Charles III of Spain, who was nicknamed "el rey alcalde" ("the mayor-king") due to the effective public works program he has founded, the famous Tío Pepe lighted sign above the square's eastern building, and, of course, the symbol of Madrid - El Oso y El Madroño. The 20 ton statue of a bear and a strawberry tree located on the square's east side has become one of the most favored places in the center of Spain's capital.

Experience the gracious, crowded hemisphere of Puerta del Sol's elegant facades. It is a bright example of Spanish historic legacy, a transportation crossroads and simply a beautiful square.

See it on following tours

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12 days

6 cities

1 country

Barcelona | Granada | Cordoba | Seville | Madrid | Toledo

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Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Oct 14, 2018

9 days

4 cities

1 country

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Enjoy the highlights of Madrid & Barcelona, then make your way to the incredible Northern Spain cities, San Sebastian and Bilbao and visit Rioja wine region. Get to know the charming Spain with seven exceptional sightseeing tours. 

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9 days

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7 days

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1 country

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11 days

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1 country

Barcelona | San Sebastian | Bilbao | Madrid

Circle the heart of Spain and visit its top attractions from Barcelona to San Sebastian and Bilbao to the sunny capital, Madrid. Enjoy the famous Rioja wine straight from the Spanish winery and learn about the sunny county from exceptional tour guides.
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11 days

4 cities

1 country

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Set off on an exhilarating adventure from Madrid's highlights to Northwestern jewels of Spain: Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Leon & Santiago De Compostela. Take advantage of our exceptional tour guides, learning more in every of the seven city tours. 

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Oct 14, 2018

9 days

4 cities

1 country

Madrid | Toledo | San Sebastian | Bilbao

Spend an unforgettable time exploring the Spanish capital and the beauty of the northern Basque Country and Rioja region in a small group. Enjoy six tours with exceptional guides, topping everything up with Rioja wine tasting.

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10 days

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1 country

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See the top splendor of Spain's incredible south from Madrid and Toledo to Cordoba, Granada, and Seville. Enjoy excellent tour guide services in seven locations and spice your experience with an authentic Flamenco show.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Oct 14, 2018

9 days

5 cities

1 country

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9 days

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Lisbon | Madrid | Barcelona

Combine the sunniest destinations in Europe in one fully-customizable private tour of Portugal and Spain. In 9 days traverse the most iconic highlights of Lisbon, including Belem and Sintra, Madrid's Prado Museum and Asturias district, and travel to Barcelona to enjoy Gaudi gems.

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6 days

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1 country

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Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Guell Park, the Royal Palace in Madrid, as well as the iconic Prado Museum are all on the radar of this fully-customizable Spain tour. Stays at best 4-star hotels, guided tours with local pros, airport transfers and only best transport for connections included.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Oct 11, 2018

9 days

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2 countries

Lisbon | Madrid | Barcelona

Have the time of your life with our small group tour of the top sights in Portugal and Spain! See the best of Lisbon, Sintra, Madrid & Barcelona. Enjoy exceptional tour guide services in six locations.

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24 days

8 cities

3 countries

Barcelona | Madrid | Seville | Granada | Malaga | Fes | Marrakech | Lisbon

Start your personal trans-continental adventure of the world's brightest countries and see the best of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal during the 24-day private tour. Exceptional guided tours and local experiences will make your trip truly insightful.

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12 days

7 cities

1 country

Barcelona | Valencia | Madrid | Toledo | Cordoba | Granada | Seville

Explore Spain like the locals do with our 12-day private tour program that includes excellent downtown hotels, experienced local guides and most comfortable transportation during the trip. Tour around six charming Spanish cities and enjoy wonderful sights.
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13 days

5 cities

1 country

Madrid | Toledo | Seville | Cordoba | Granada

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E.g., Sep 24 2018