Reputed to be the very center of Spain, Sol’s position within easy walking distance of major attractions like the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum definitely make it the cultural center of Madrid.
Virtually all aspects of the madrileño life can be enjoyed in this area, from simple tapas and great art to passionate performances of traditional flamenco music and centuries-old subterranean cueva bars.
Although Sol clearly caters to the hordes of tourists that bounce from bar to bar, the streets are also packed with lifelong residents looking for a good time and adding their voices to the festive clamor.
Those looking for something a little edgier can check out Huertas, a strip of lively bars and small clubs that extends east of the main center and that attracts a younger crowd of locals and internationals alike who show up to drink and dance the night away.
With so much to offer, Sol is extremely popular and always bustling with people of all types. The only word of caution is that the area is quite touristy, so it’s necessary to be a bit more watchful of pickpockets.
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