Statues and buildings in puerta del sol
Statues and buildings in puerta del sol

One place in Madrid that you are bound to end up is the neighbourhood of Sol. Located a short distance away from Malasaña or Chueca, it’s one of those barrios that is most visited. That’s because it is home to the famous Puerta de Sol – the central square in Madrid. What many don’t realize however, is that there is so much to do than just stand and look at the square. Therefore, we have compiled a little list of our favourite things to do in Sol!

Puerta de Sol

Even though we’re here to talk about other things to do, we still think it’s worth speaking about because the square constantly changes. We’re writing this post during pride month, and the Puerta de Sol will be extravagantly decorated ready for the pride celebrations here in Madrid. A massive stage is even built ready to host the party that will last an entire weekend! Sol is also beautifully decorated during Christmas time with a huge Christmas tree and other festive décor that makes the square seem somewhat magical. It definitely makes it worth a visit the whole year round.

Enough about the square now though, let’s get on with talking about other things you can do here!

Sol’s famous food

Bacoa Burger

or those vegetarians out there, we know you might be shuddering at the thought of a burger place. Well, fortunately you’re wrong here! Bacoa Burger is a must for those groups of friends that all have completely different tastes and dietary needs. Not only perfect for meat-eaters, but also perfect for vegetarians, and perfect for vegans. There’s plenty of options for everyone.

Takos Al Pastor

Tacos might not be the first thing that you want to try when you come to Spain, but you may be persuaded here like so many other tourists and locals alike. Takos Al Pastor is a tiny restaurant on a street corner in Sol that attracts so many people! It’s always seen with the longest lines down the road to try their tacos which can be as cheap as 1€! If you’re looking for one of the cheapest places in town, here is a definite must, but remember that you must have a little patience…

Coffee & Kicks

It’s strange to think such a small cafe can be so hidden away in the centre of the city. However, one of our editor stumbled across this cute cafe going down a back road just off Callao. It’s the perfect spot if you want to take a little time for yourself away from the busy central streets. But wait, there’s more! You even get a loyalty card, so you will want to keep coming back for more. We do the same!

Nightlife after Sol

Joy Eslava

This 2000 square foot club is sure to offer something you love, be it the cheap drinks, wide range of music, or the swanky atmosphere. Joy Eslava is a guaranteed great night out! It offers everything from techno and house to disco and pop within this theatre turned nightclub. For instance, each and every night of the week has a completely different vibe .If you’re looking for the best student night out, Sundays are a must as it offers some of the best student deals in town.

Cafe Berlin

If you’re looking for something with more of an alternative vibe then look no further! Café Berlin is a trendy nightclub, fit with cosy interiors and disco/techno music to match. This is one of the hottest clubs in the city right now and you will find it full of Madrid’s alternative crowd most weekends. Entry costs 16€ with one drink and it stays open until the early hours of the morning, as do most clubs here. A great night out for those looking for an alternative experience!


The Bear and the Strawberry Tree

This sculpture of a bear eating from a strawberry tree, named El Oso y el Madroño in Spanish, can be found in the centre of Puerta de Sol. Most importantly, it represents the famous symbol that has been present on Madrid’s coat of armour since the 13th Century and is such a pinnacle of a Madrid. If you’re coming to Madrid, even for a short amount of time, it’s a must-see to pay homage to this amazing city!

Kilometre 0

Also, a great monument to visit in Madrid is Kilometre 0. This plaque represents a huge importance in Spain since it is the spot from which all Spanish roads are measured. This is definitely a great site to see if you’re looking to delve into the history of Madrid!

To sum up, there’s so much to see and do in Sol! In fact, we’re probably going to have to write a second instalment because there’s just that much! From history to food, this barrio has everything covered and will keep you coming back for more.

Students Global Relocation has a wide variety of accommodation options in the centre of the city, so Sol could be on your doorstep! If you’re still looking for student accommodation for your studies abroad, check out our website!


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