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Gran Via, Madrid

Gran Via, Madrid (must see)

Few things in life can beat afternoon shopping and, when it comes to shopping, there is no place quite like Gran Via, the most popular and up-market thoroughfare in Madrid. Running from Calle de Alcala to Plaza de Espana, the Via is lined with an array of interesting buildings including theaters, hotels and, of course, a plethora of shops selling everything you can possibly imagine, from leather goods to shoes to clothing to souvenirs and so much more, and with prices to match.

On its way, Gran Via crosses several squares, including Plaza Callao, home to a number of cinemas, ending in Plaza de Espana which is presided over by two of Madrid’s most famous skyscrapers, Edificio Espana (Spain Building) and Torre de Madrid (Madrid Tower). There are several other equally splendid high-risers to be found immediately on Gran Via either, including Edificio Metropolis, built in the early 20th century, topped with a winged statue of Victoria upon its dome, Edificio Telefonica, a 90-meter high, American-style skyscraper, and Edificio Grassy, built in 1917. The latter, located just off Calle Alcala at the outset of Gran Via, boasts a grand facade decoration featuring a remarkable mix of Medieval, Spanish Renaissance, Spanish Modernism and Classical French styles. At the top of the building you can see a rotunda of two superimposed belvederes. On the ground floor, the building houses the famous Grassy watch shop, and in the basement – the marvelous Museum of Antique Clocks.

Why You Should Visit:
A great place to stroll and take in the sights, particularly the skyline and the frontage of many old buildings lining the street.

Tip:
Early evening is probably the best time to walk this walk, particularly on hot summer days.
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Sight Name: Gran Via
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

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