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Plaza de Callao, Madrid

Plaza de Callao, Madrid

Although it is neither very large nor very important, you won’t miss the Plaza Callao, which is crossed by the Gran Via, especially if you would like to see a film in Spanish, as there are six cinemas in the square. It also boasts buildings that were once the tallest in Spain.

The Palacio de la Pensa was built in 1929 and with its 14 storeys it was the tallest building in Madrid until the Telefonica Building surpassed it. The building houses a cafe, a concert hall and a cinema, as well as offices, private flats and the Madrid headquarters of the Socialist Party.

The Carrion Building was built in 1933 by the architects Eced and Feduchi in an Art Deco style of white marble and granite. It won a second-class medal at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1934. Its cinema is on the ground floor. In 2007 the facade was restored and all the advertising slogans were removed, apart from the one for Schweppes, which is a symbol and has appeared in films and documentaries.

The Callao Cinema Building was built in 1927 by Louis Gutierrez Soto. It is a fine example of Spanish Neo-Baroque with a Viennese Art Deco interior. The terrace is used in fine weather for open-air film screenings. The first “talkie” in Spain was shown here in 1929.

Tip:
Go at night to see the Schweppes sign and the rest of Gran Via in all its neon glory!
For an even better experience, go to the El Corte Ingles department store (located at the square) up to the 9th floor which is the food court, and from there you get great views, especially looking towards Gran Via.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Plaza de Callao
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Creating your own self-guided walk in Madrid is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Madrid Introduction Walk II

Madrid Introduction Walk II

Madrid is the economical, political and cultural center of Spain. Founded in the 9th century, it remains one of the country's most important historic destinations and a vibrant metropolis full of taste, vigor, and wealth. There's no better way to acquaint yourself with Madrid than in the heart of the capital – the area called Gran Vía ("Great Way") – a high-end...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Madrid Food Tour

Madrid Food Tour

While Spain is internationally reputed as a major gastronomic power, the capital city of Madrid – home to vibrant food markets and plethora of places serving traditional Spanish and typically Madrid delectable treats – promises visitors a soul warming food experience. On this self-guided walk of Madrid you will get a chance to visit some of the local spots that left mark in the gastronomic and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

El Parque del Buen Retiro is one of the main attractions of the city of Madrid. Known to the locals simply as "El Retiro," the park is a favorite place to spend weekends and summer days and was considered a Royal Park up until two centuries ago. Highlights of the park include several fountains, palaces, monuments and arranged gardens. Discover this historical site step by step in the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

Madrid is not only a big cultural center in Spain, but in the entire Europe as well. Having a great and interesting history behind, Madrid developed a vast culture over time. The city became world-famed for its museums and galleries. The following tour will guide you through the most famous museums in Madrid.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Souvenirs Shopping Walk

Souvenirs Shopping Walk

It would be a pity to leave Madrid without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Madrid, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Madrid Introduction Walk I

Madrid Introduction Walk I

A city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks, the Spanish capital is renowned for its rich repositories of European art, portico-lined Plaza Mayor, baroque style Royal Palace and many other cultural and historical monuments.

Although the site of modern-day Madrid has been occupied since prehistoric times, the first historical document about an established settlement here dates...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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