We set ourself in the Kilometre 0 of Madrid, the central point from which the first 6 radial roads begun and today it is a central meeting point for tourists and locals. This small tile placed in front of the iconic Casa de Correos, is a symbol of Madrid as well as so many unmistakable icons we find at the Puerta del Sol.
Full of past and present stories, the Puerta del Sol is much more than the centre of Madrid, it is its vital core, the heart, the place where you begin to discover Madrid and through which to understand much of the essence of the capital.
The Puerta del Sol has been and continues to be the scene of great moments in the history of Spain: from here the first metro line departed, in it Spain welcomes the New Year and from it all who live and visit the city can walk into its streets, filled with many secrets, and the great commercial streets.
On one side, the famous statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree opens the door to the shopping area of Preciados and offers itself as a meeting point for young people every weekend. The sculpture is reflected in the shield of the city and, over the years, has become an icon of the city.
On the other side, the large Casa de Correos occupies a privileged space that has given it the opportunity to be, over the years, the venue for locating numerous institutions and government bodies, from the Ministry of Interior to the Presidency of the Community of Madrid.
The Casa de Correos, designed by architect Jaime Marquet, is responsible for the beauty of the Puerta del Sol: in order to host the many Ministries it was required that it there was a high level of security so they proceeded to demolish the houses and buildings that surrounded the building, resulting in this great space that today is centre of pilgrimage for all who visit Madrid.
Besides being the oldest building in the square of Puerta del Sol, the Casa de Correos holds the clock tower that is responsible for announcing, with its famous bells, the entry into the New Year and that gathers thousands of people every 31 December to celebrate on its streets.
If you’re thinking of a trip to Madrid, we propose a short list of unique hotels in Puerta del Sol. A real journey to the centre of Madrid.
· Hotel Petit Palace Londres
· Hotel Petit Palace Puerta del Sol
· Hotel Petit Palace Plaza Mayor
· Hotel Petit Palace Posada del Peine