If there’s one Street that’s famous in Madrid this is it. It’s one of the busiest places in the city and probably one of the most interesting. Here’s a full guide to Gran Via Madrid, so you can enjoy a walk along this classical avenue and get the best of everything. Also known as the Spanish Broadway, here’s where you’ll find the unmissable of Gran Via.
The Gran Via was originally planned in the 19th century to connect Calle de Alcalá to Plaza España, but works didn’t begin until early 20th century. The name of Gran Via comes precisely from journalists who used to mock the project and ironically called it the “great way”. Although the name of this magnificent street has varied during the years, the name of Gran Via stuck since the 80’s. If we walk along this long avenue, we’ll be able to contemplate beautiful buildings such as the majestic Metropolis; the edificio Grassy which is where Gran Via officially starts, the Telefonica building or even the Callao square, where we can find up to six cinemas.
The length of Gran Via allows it to host hundreds of shops. Along the avenue we’ll find all the main international and well-known brands as well as other local clothes shops. There is also a El Corte Inglés shopping center if you don’t want to walk the mile.
The Gran Via has a new lease of life after dark. Many congregate to the street for some drinks and parties in Callao while street vendors start to pop out of nowhere selling cheap food around. But most importantly, many theatres like Teatro Coliseum welcome you to one of the musicals we can watch in Gran Via and for which the street is recognized for at dusk.
Gran Via is pretty long, so you might get peckish while walking. Although a lot of the places are fast food chains, we can still find some great places to eat at fair prices. One of the examples is Dibocca, an Italian restaurant which is one of the local’s favorites for its price and quality. Another place to head for is Mercado de la Reina, a restaurant which offers typical tapas and “montaditos” with a great twist. El museo del Jamón is also an option if you want to eat cheap. Although locals are not such fans, it’s the perfect place to try some of that traditional Jamón without paying too much.
If none of these take your fancy, there are lots of restaurants in the back streets of Gran Via that will also suit your taste.
The Gran Via is more than one kilometer long, so we can get off the metro at diferent stops
Metro: Line 1 & 5 Gran Via, Line 2 & 5 Callao,lines 1 ,2 & 5 Ópera
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