La Puerta del Color (The Gate of Color)

Preciados Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare, serves as one of the main outlets for all the life and color flowing every which way into the streets of Madrid.
Preciados Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare, serves as one of the main outlets for all the life and color flowing every which way from La Puerta del Sol into the streets of Madrid.

La Puerta del Sol is a place of beginnings. Its coordinates mark the dawn of the new year, the starting point of the Spanish interprovincial highway network, or even the eye of a storm of social indignation and democratic regeneration, to cite only a few examples. It is, therefore, unsurprising that this celebrated Madrid crossroads should also be the palette on which oil is worked into the pigments that color  the brushstrokes of life in the capital of Spain.

Any pedestrian who can afford to, or who can’t help but, stop for a second to watch the rivers of color which flow from this renowned square toward the rest of the city, will be able to behold…

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13 thoughts on “La Puerta del Color (The Gate of Color)

  1. I really like this! Lots of bright colours for such an excellent theme! My husband and I will be visiting Madrid for a couple of days later this month and I will be sure to plan some time to in this area. Any other suggestions?

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    1. Thank you! The idea was to intensify the use of color to highlight the diversity that can be found in that area of Madrid.

      Puerta de Sol is right in the center of the old town, so if it’s a first visit, you probably want to stick to that area: Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, the Opera House, the Royal Palace, Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. Another nice walk would be along Paseo del Prado from Atocha Station to Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá and then Retiro Park.

      Great places for watching the sunset: Sabatini Gardens (next to the Royal Palace), Rooftop of Circulo de Bellas Artes and Templo de Debod.

      La Latina (the Latin quarter) is great for dining out. Tons of different options.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions.

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      1. Thanks so much. Yes, it is a first visit for us – a “look around” if you will. As we now live in Paris we anticipate a few more trips to Madrid so want to take our time to get to know the city. Will definitely follow your advice. I’m sure the photography will be amazing – I love all the colour!

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    1. You would find most of it in the downtown area. I don’t think there is a particular area where you’d find lots of it, but I’d roam the streets of Malasaña, Chueca, La Latina and Barrio de Las Letras searching for it.

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