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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.
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  • Ana Z
    160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    Is impossible to go to Madrid and not walk in Gran Via at least once. All the buildings are gorgeous (don't forget to look up to see the sculptures, and down to the genius intervention they created in the sidewalk). Everything you need you'll find, the best stores and good food options, the metro and the 001 bus, that is free and take you to the main locations downtown!
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Abdel Rahman Abdelhalim
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shopping Spree
    Although we had little interest in shopping when Madrid Trip Planners created our personalized travel plan. Our trip planner, Erkut exceeded our expectations, he fused the shopping experience with the aesthetic design of the Gran Via. He was also able to get us exclusive entrance to a rooftop bar that's usually booked a week ahead. Overall the experience was amazing thanks to Madrid Trip Planners and Erkut.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Exploration825771
    51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gran Via express review
    Gran Via is def the touristy, busy,vibe area to stay in Madrid. Lots of shopping, eateries,theres Halal food too. We havnt had any incidences however I'm not feeling too safe, at night, as I do walking the streets in the middle east, so like u wuld hv to do in 90% of other countries , jus be aware & vigilant
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • SuperTed19
    Madison, Wisconsin741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unavoidable
    If you spend more than a few minutes in Madrid, it is likely you’ll find yourself on Gran Via. It is busy, it has a lot of shopping opportunities, and it has a lot of chain stores that can be found in every major city. If you are looking for “iconic” pictures to share on social media, this is where you can find a lot of them. If you are looking for the history, architecture, and natural beauty that is unique to Madrid, Gran Via is an efficient way to get to those destinations.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 13, 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,072 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Way
    My hotel, the Hyatt Centric Gran via Madrid was located in Gran Via, so it gave me direct access to the street. Located on the street are several shops, restaurants, cafes, theaters, hotels and of course the famous Schweppes sign. The sidewalks were jammed with people during the day and evening, but I have to say, the architecture on this street is fantastic.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 28, 2023
  • CK2000
    New York City, New York301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gran Buildings
    The Gran Via is a long street lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. Many of the buildings are visually appealing, just beautiful designs and architecture. It is well worth a stroll. However, don't look up too much as you will likely bump into a person. The street is very crowded. All in all, worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • You Only Live Once
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom612 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gran Via, Madrid
    The Gran Via is worth a visit, simply to wonder at the magnificent architecture. It's certainly packed with all the great shops and eateries that you'd expect from a main city shopping area, but lots of them are spectacular both inside and out. The Uniqlo store is something to behold!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Missaera
    New Jersey113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location but very touristy
    Very touristy and crowded but right in the middle of Madrid close to everything so it’s a great start. Has lots of shops we all know like Uniqlo, Primark, etc. Lots of restaurants too. Went to one of the hotels there with a rooftop bar and it definitely has a great view. This area is like a mix of Times Square and Bond Street in London cause the buildings here kept their old structure and history. Definitely a must to visit but I won’t spend a full day here. Madrid is so much more better streets than this.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Andrea B
    Long Beach, California30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful city
    So many beautiful buildings to see here. Endless food and dessert options. I stayed and watched the dancers in the center. At night many of the buildings already have their Christmas decorations up and the Christmas lights are twinkling on the night. Plenty of photo opportunities if you can get one without the crowds.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shopping district
    Gran Via is the shopping street of Madrid. My hotel was here which meant I got to pass this street a lot. There are plenty of stores with beautiful white buildings in the center of the city. I highly recommend taking a stroll down Gran Via.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 27, 2024
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a very busy shopping street and reminded me of Times Square in New York. The architecture of the buildings here are full of character and style.

We came here on a Sunday afternoon and it was crowded. Lots of people doing their shopping.

It was very vibrant as compared to some other European cities, where most shops are closed on Sunday.
Written February 10, 2020
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winches84
East Windsor, NJ35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This street is full of attractive buildings, shops and resturants. It is ver well decorated with lights at this time of the year with a huge chrismas bell made of LED lights at he begining of the street with changing colors and displaying various messages. At the end of Garn Via is Plaza Espania which is going through renovations and completely closed for public may be for the next one year - if not more.
Written January 2, 2020
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Manish Chhabra
New Delhi, India153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Place to be, and place with all fancy and regular stores, restaurants, boutiques, malls, tapas places.
One should visit this to get the real vibe of the city and the main Street gives a feel that this city never sleeps. You will see lot of people singing and dancing on the street along with the entertainers all around.
Written March 9, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 April 27, 2021
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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
While visiting Madrid, this is one of the main avenues that must be checked out especially to capture the general feel of this city. There are restaurants, lots of shopping, lots of people and that includes a lot of people watching, a lot of walking and just a lot of interesting things to see as part of your visit to Madrid. There are also other main similar avenues as well, but start with Gran Via if you like.
Written February 4, 2020
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SolotravellerMN77
Manchester, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I also did the new city Tour of Madrid and my guide was Monica. Tour was very informative on the history and was showed the prime locations such as the goverment buildings, Metropolis Building, City Hall, Prado museum and Jardin to name a few places. Monica has a lot of knowledge and was always on had to answer questions! Great Tour!

Matthew
Written January 3, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,677 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 November 17, 2020
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Sunnydaye11
London, UK188 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is the most chaotic and unpleasant part of the city. American fast food outlets, chain stores, vendors charging 3€ for a bottle of water and dirty streets. Madrid needs to look at places like Rome and Berlin to learn how it should be done.
Written January 28, 2020
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JUDITH
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Beautiful city's most central street, unbelievable how many people are walking in the evenings of the weekend on the enlarged sidewalks, many open shops, endless opportunities for food and drinks, street artists and a general festive atmosphere. Most amazing : next morning the city is perfectly clean and quiet. There many public transportation means, a few free of charge .I highly recommend to spend a few days just feeling the city !
Written October 25, 2022
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Nez D
Huntington, NY862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This shopping area is massive, with an extensive selection of shops offering major global brand names. There are also many cafes and restaurants scattered throughout, making it easy to take a break and grab a bite to eat. However, we recommend avoiding weekends and peak times, as it can get incredibly busy, with people walking in all directions, making it difficult to navigate. Additionally, there are some old, magnificent architectural buildings interspersed between the shops, adding to the charm of the area.
Written March 8, 2023
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