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The area
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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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  • Nez D
    Huntington, New York897 contributions
    Shopping options galore!
    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.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • HolidaymakerfromHove
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom1,595 contributions
    Gran Via, Madrid…..
    One of the main streets in Madrid. We were staying at the Riu Plaza Espana which is on Gran Via. When we came out of our hotel we were right in the thick of the Madrid hustle and bustle. Lots to see and do here. Bars, restaurants and shops. Beautiful architecture. Very highly recommended.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • 46oceangirl
    Westford, Massachusetts1,689 contributions
    Worth the walk!
    We went down Gran Via on our last day in Madrid. Its packed with shops on both sides. Great people watching. The architecture was amazing, just look up. If you ever saw the Netflix show Velvet, they would take shots of this street, its beautiful. Just walked it didn't shop but plenty to do.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom2,283 contributions
    Posh shopping, but still worth visiting for the architecture.
    The Great Lane is one of Madrid’s main shopping streets, but also home to many cinemas, theaters, musicals, night clubs and bars. Its construction started in 1910 and starts in the East at Alcalá Street and stretches West to Plaza Espana Square
I am not one for shopping but still appreciated a walk down this one due to the impressive and sometimes quirky Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades that front a lot of the banks, offices and apartment buildings along its length. And then Plaza Espana Square is also home to a major intersection station on the Madrid Metro, that will get you back to most other parts of town.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Ana Z
    151 contributions
    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 2 June 2023
  • Abdel Rahman Abdelhalim
    10 contributions
    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 23 June 2023
  • Exploration825771
    23 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • SuperTed19
    Madison, Wisconsin763 contributions
    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 13 July 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 July 2023
  • CK2000
    New York City, New York310 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK639 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Lots happening around this area of the city, long street with restaurants, shops, theatres and pretty buildings - at the heart of the city.
Written 12 February 2024
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dominic l
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Basically Oxford st. You can’t help passing through this street as you go around Madrid. North of this road are the cheaper bars and restaurants
Written 4 February 2024
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Magda R
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
The lonely good thing in this hotel is the location and the clerck boys. The reception staff are horrible, the rooms given to us are small, dirty, narrow, with zero view, when we asked for upgrade they said we have to pay more, around 70 euros per night, we were booking through booking, we had 10% with free upgrade but they refuse to change the narrow dirty room, we told them that we re Vincci channel client, and staying at Capitol is our 5th time, but they did not care. We decided to never stat at any Vincci again.
Written 26 January 2024
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,618 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We were staying at an apartment on a side street off the Gran Via, so we walked down it many times. The shopping opportunities are amazing; however, there are better parts of Madrid to explore. It is very much like New York in terms of shops and crowds.
Written 24 January 2024
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awi197204
Jakarta, Indonesia2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Great new year eve 2023. There was alot of people, everybody was very pleasant. We feel safe, there was a lot of police in uniform.
Written 3 January 2024
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is the main shopping area in Madrid.

There are also many overpriced restaurants in this area.

If you are into shopping, then you should not miss this.
Written 31 December 2023
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avipiti
Hod Hasharon, Israel2,901 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The Gran Via is one of the central avenues of Madrid. It is lined with many famous brand stores, and it's a lot of fun to stroll up and down the street, which can become very crowded during certain times, especially in the evenings
Written 30 December 2023
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Alex F
The Villages, FL1,479 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Walked this Via over a dozen times in the past but this was the first time during the Holidays. Espectacular!!! Keep an eye in your belongings, lots of pickpockets.
Written 22 December 2023
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Andrea B
Long Beach, CA19 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 19 November 2023
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Pioneer32365722304
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Cool… very interesting. A true work of art. Easy to get to. Enjoyed my experience. Really beautiful.
Written 6 November 2023
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GRAN VIA: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Gran Via admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost S$41.21, while a popular guided tour starts around S$13.46 per person.

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