Daily Wanderlust: Tio Pepe in Madrid

Written by on December 23, 2012 in Destinations - 5 Comments

One of the first sights after emerging from the Madrid Metro into the heart of the city is the Tio Pepe sign in Puerta del Sol. Perched atop the city’s City Hall, the famous sign has stood since 1936.

Sadly, this past summer the historic sign was taken down to make way for a new Apple store in Madrid.

I’m so glad I was able to spend time in one of my favorite cities (and one I would be happy to call “home“) in the world and was able to see the larger-than-life Tio Pepe before it was removed.

Tio Pepe

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Spain. Previously, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and is the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has spoken about responsible tourism at TBEX and has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numbers documentaries. Recently, Diana was featured in an episode of House Hunters International. Her writing has appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

5 Comments on " Daily Wanderlust: Tio Pepe in Madrid "

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 24, 2012 at 9:52 am · Reply

    What a shame it was taken down!

    • Diana December 29, 2012 at 1:38 am · Reply

      I know. I loved that sign!

  2. elizabeth91674 January 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm · Reply

    Mauricio Gonzalez Gordon, president of the bodega is confident the sign will be back in the square next year, albeit on a different building, and it is being restored in readiness.

    • Diana January 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm · Reply

      That is GREAT to know. I love that sign!

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