Gran Via

Gran Via, Madrid: Address, Gran Via Reviews: 4.5/5

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Neighbourhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Santo Domingo • 1 min walk
  • Callao • 4 min walk
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria14,355 contributions
The main street of Madrid
May 2021
The main shopping street in Madrid. There are many cinemas, theaters, large shops and hotels. The architecture is very impressive and a must visit if you are in Madrid. It is always too lively with crowds of people and tourists.
Written 13 May 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,234 contributions
Breathtaking place for a stroll
Nov 2020
Madrid is one of those cities with beautiful details around every corner, and the Gran Vía is a great example of that. The buildings are gorgeous and have exquisite details, requiring a leisurely stroll to inspect each building individually. Take the time to wander into any of the many stores, sit at a café and have a coffee, or merely walk and enjoy some nice weather.
Written 27 April 2021
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Ramona
Auckland Central, New Zealand410 contributions
Must see location!
Apr 2021
Must see location in Madrid! Full of amazing buildings, bustling with people and hundreds of different stores to see. Incredible architecture and they have just extended out the footpath, so less cars!
Written 3 April 2021
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Dreamer
Madrid, Spain4 contributions
Main steet of Madrid
Mar 2020 • Family
A great place to eat out & have fun. The prices are a little more than average. Definitely Must-visit place in Madrid.
Written 11 February 2021
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Francisco R
Madrid, Spain12 contributions
Look up!
Dec 2020
Architecturally elegant...now full of tourist stores selling souvenirs with few of its historic casinos, stores and theaters, the best part of the Gran Via is the turn of the 20th-century building design and the numerous buildings with dark mythical figures on top. Quite a contrast to the white buildings and the religious crosses which punctuate Madrid's skyline in the city's center. The Plaza de España, which anchors one side of the Gran Via has been closed for construction for at least two years and it still has a way to go, unfortunately. Still worth a visit, especially now when tourism is low due to the covid virus. In good times, the boulevard is thick with sight-seers.
Written 12 December 2020
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,701 contributions
Beautiful buildings
Jan 2020
This high street of Madrid shopping provides a parade of elegant buildings and is a great venue for people watching and window shopping.
Written 30 November 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,177 contributions
Madrid’s Most Famous Street
Feb 2020
We stayed on the Gran Via so we saw a lot of this famous street. There are hotels, shopping, theatres and restaurants but what you also see as you walk along are rows of elegant creamy white buildings, with ornate black wrought iron balconies and stylish facades decorated with columns and ornamentation. In the evening, with many facades lit up, it’s quite beautiful.

There are several significant buildings and early 1900s architecture to look out for if you stroll down the street. In particular, these ones stood out:
i) Grassy Building (1916) – this is positioned right at the start of Gran Via (look for the large ‘Rolex’ sign) and was originally built as sumptuous apartments. From the front, I thought it looks a lot like a tall, tiered wedding cake.
ii) Metropolis Building (1911) – easily recognised by the black dome, gilded with 24 karat gold and the winged ‘Victory’ figure on the very top.
iii) Telefónica Building – famous for being Spain’s first skyscraper. At 89m high, it was still Madrid’s tallest building until 1953.
iv) Capitol Building – look for the neon ‘Schweppes’ sign. It’s classic 1930s art deco architecture and was declared a building of Cultural Interest
Written 17 November 2020
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Tet offensive1968
Jersey City, NJ129 contributions
Love Madrid
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I love Madrid, we always visit every year for about a month and travel all over Europe by train AVE.. we stayed at Petit Palace Puerta del sol, Triball hotel and Santo Domingo hotel all great Hotels... LOVE Madrid....😷
Written 5 October 2020
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,227 contributions
Busy shopping street on the Gran Via in Madrid
Nov 2019 • Couples
My wife and I strolled down the Gran Via during our trip to Madrid this past November. It is filled with an abundance of shops. But our favorite shopping was the street market in the El Rastro on Sunday morning,
Written 3 October 2020
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Sandy G
59 contributions
Great shopping!!!
Jul 2020
If you want to shop in Madrid, Gran Via is a must. Everything from chain stores to boutiques. Some great restaurants for brunch, lunch and dinner just off Gran Via
Written 8 September 2020
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