The area of Sol and Central Madrid is the more touristic zone of the city. It is the central point of the capital and the country, as the Kilometre 0 of the Spanish roads is located right here: a plate on the ground marks the place in the Puerta del Sol, just in front of the Casa de Correos. So, Sol and Central Madrid is the heart of this metropolis.
Sol and Central Madrid is an area delimited by Callao and Gran Via northward, Tirso de Molina square southward, Canalejas and Santa Ana squars eastward and Opera square westward. Sol and Central Madrid is not the most ancient zone of the city but it does is the most commercial one.
Of course, Sol and Central Madrid is well connected by public transportation. You can choose the way you want: Metro, bus, train, taxi and bicycle. The Metro Stations you can find in Sol and Central Madrid are Sol (Line 1, 2 and3), Callao (Lines 3 and 5), Sevilla (Line 2), Tirso de Molina (Line 1), Gran Vía (Line 1) and Santo Domingo (Line 2). The railway station is Sol. Besides, there are a lot of taxis passing by and bus lines. There is also a bike lane, which crosses Sol and Central Madrid and passes by the Puerta del Sol, coming from the Buen Retiro Park and going to Madrid Río Park.
You can find many monuments in Sol and Central Madrid. Some of them belong to the ‘Madrid of the Austrias’, the part of the city developed during the reign of the Habsburg dynasty. For example, the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de la Villaa and the Descalzas Reales Convent. Other monuments in Sol and Central Madrid are the result of projects ordered by Bourbon dynasty, such as the Puerta del Sol and the San Fernando Royal Art Academy.
Some of the most famous sculptures in the capital are located in Sol and Central Madrid, such as the one of Charles III and the ‘Oso y el Madroño’ (both in Puerta del Sol square) or the Philip III one (in the Plaza Mayor). Some churches stand out in Sol and Central Madrid, like San Ginés or the Caballero de Gracia Oratory.
Sol and Central Madrid is full of leisure options. If you like theatre, you will find the best shows in Gran Vía, the ‘Spanish Broadway’, but also in other places such as Jacinto Benavente Square (Caser Calderón Theatre) or Tirso de Molina Square (Nuevo Apolo Theatre). If you like live music, Sol and Central Madrid host interesting small halls, such as Sala Sol.
If you like shopping, Sol and Central Madrid offer you a mix of department stores (El Corte Inglés) and local shops. The biggest brands of the world, specially related to fashion, have some stores in Sol and Central Madrid, such as H&M, Zara, Springfield and Desigual.
If you are looking for tapas bars and restaurants, you can find many alternatives: Madrilenian tapas bars and different Spanish restaurants (Catalans, Basques, Galicians, Andalusians, Asturians...). Besides, the cuisine of the rest of the world is also well represented in Son and Central Madrid: Mexicans, Italians, Asiatics...
Chocolatería San Ginés and Casa Labra bar are two historic places in Son and Central Madrid. The first one is a café that opens 24 hours per day and offers one of the best ‘chocolate con churros’ of the city. The second one is the place where Spanish Socialist Party was born in 1879 and it is also famous for their ‘Soldadito de Pavía tapa’, made of cod.
Sol and Central Madrid is full of hotels and other accommodation alternatives: hostels, youth hostels and apartments. The prices are usually higher than other zones of the city because of its location. You will find one-star to five-star options (Melia Reina Victoria and NH Palacio de Tepa, both in Plaza de Santa Ana).