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Plaza Independencia 1, 28001 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Puerta de Alcala is one of the most beautiful squares in Madrid because the architecture of the gate is very good. There is always plenty of traffic in this square so it may be difficult to take a photo without the traffic.

Thank BennyMalaga
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Puerta Alkala is near Retiro park. It is on a walking distance from Puerta del sol. Beautiful, especially by night.

Thank sibila_marinova
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive Monument. Onate. Situated at a very busy intersection with multiple roads crossing. Your caught up more in your own safety after you exit than where you have been. Gardens for photo opportunities which was moderately impressive The gardens are, nice, well maintained but not...More

Thank jjy510
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The arch is located in the middle of an extremely busy traffic circle. Very noisy. You can only view it from far away.

Thank giffenk
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This grand triumphal entrance gate is located in a roundabout at Plaza de la Independencia. The top is adorned with sculptures. Traffic is very busy here. I needed to be patient to take a good photo of the fountain without too many distracting vehicles.

Thank LG_Kay
Reviewed July 25, 2018

One of the great entrance ways into Madrid. It's a great symbol for Madrid and who knew but it precedes the more famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Best of all it means you are right outside the most...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed July 7, 2018

Beautiful park in the middle of the city. Great trees and beautiful flowers. Peacocks roaming all over! Nice to stop and take a break.

Thank Kim M
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

Nice archway situated in the middle of the road outside Retiro Park. Great spot to stop for a quick picture on your way into the park.

Thank CraigE1119
Reviewed July 1, 2018

This is considered to be the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch built in Europe even older than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It was a gate in the former Walls of Felipe IV and stands near the main...More

Thank margareth700
Reviewed June 28, 2018

A great place to get a nice view is in front of El Retiro park. It does act as a traffic circle so not many pedestrians go under it and you might have to wait for traffic to pass to get a clear picture as...More

Thank Nicky Z
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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights
frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With
beautiful condominium buildings that make up most
blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and
quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large
shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle
Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will
reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of
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