Puerta del Sol
The pulse of Madrid is at this semi-circular plaza, where all the main streets meet and is perpetually full of people going somewhere. Overlooking the crowds is the gracious Casa de Correos, the place of the Government of Madrid community. Also located here is the famous clock which New Year revellers wait to strike midnight (and according to local tradition, swallow a grape at each gong). Look for the statue of a bear reaching up a strawberry tree, which is the official symbol of the city.