Gran Via

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

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Neighborhood: 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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leuveen
United Kingdom1,002 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
One of the main streets of Madrid, always busy and crowded. Full of your usual shops, with some cafes and restaurants tucked in between. Definitely a place to go if you want to do some shopping or admire the architecture.
Written December 28, 2021
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FredMadrid67
Madrid, Spain237 contributions
Dec 2021
Gran Via basically means 'High Street'. The shopping is crazy but nothing really 'high-end- except the Rolex shop. Also, the big theatres are on this street. They have just widened both pavements to five metres wide to accommodate the thousands of people who are there at any given time.
Written December 24, 2021
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Ionut-Brasov
Brasov, Romania36 contributions
Dec 2021
Opulent and impresive during the day and fabulous at night, when the Christmass lights are entwined with the lights of buildings and cars.
Written December 7, 2021
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buratto76
Melbourne, Australia171 contributions
Jul 2021
A lot of shops and big brands. Its good as the street is wide enough for pedestrians to walk. Though traffic was horrendous. Was there in the middle of the pandemic so not too many people, though I was surpirsed there werent as many homeless/pick pocketers as you see in the streets around Sol.
Written December 3, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,740 contributions
Jun 2021
Madrid's most famous and fastest street is full of iconic buildings inspired by North American skyscrapers. Catalog of the brilliant architecture of the last century. Lots of theaters, hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars and entertainment venues. And lots of shops. One of Madrid's best streets, walking around it is great fun .
Written November 30, 2021
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AnutterTraveler
Seattle, WA219 contributions
Nov 2021
Gran via is close to puerta del sol, so any night that you're walking around this area you're likely to go to the Gran Via. The good thing about this street is that it's wide. Note, that I am not vouching for Gran Via here. Any of the alleyways around puerta del sol are filled with restaurants, theaters, bars and cafes.
Written November 14, 2021
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danae ts.
Athens, Greece1,846 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The most known avenue of Madrid with huge malls and expensive hotels. You have to walk at least one time if you visit Madrid
Written November 13, 2021
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ClunkNebbermorth
Cardiff, UK393 contributions
Oct 2021
So look up! Highly decorated and impressive buildings at upper levels, but just shopping at ground level
Written November 12, 2021
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markitiki
Orlando, FL599 contributions
Oct 2021
The street was alive seemingly all hours of the day. Mostly department stores, so great shopping. There are some restaurants and cafes (that seemed to be a bit touristy) all up and down the street. I found the smaller shops down the side streets more interesting than the dept stores. Regardless, definitely worth a walk down Gran Via to take in the impressive architecture.
Written October 29, 2021
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Shelley-EY
63 contributions
Oct 2021
This wonderful main artery to traffic, pedestrian and vehicles, is spacious and comfortable to walk along.
Written October 26, 2021
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