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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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  • 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
    Travelled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • SuperTed19
    Madison, Wisconsin742 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, Canada2,070 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled solo
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,339 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
    Travelled with family
    Written March 27, 2024
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xrysafro
Thessaloniki, Greece159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One of the most famous streets and most photographed spots in Madrid and it totally deserves it! Amazing architecture, one building after the other, beautifully decorated and kept in perfect shape until our days.
Written May 28, 2024
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abmilw
Milwaukee, WI687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
major shopping boulevard - with high end to normal stores. A lot of chains that can find elsewhere too. Old building nice to look at, people watch.
Written May 26, 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,080 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Wide boulevard in Madrid lined with ornate buildings and trendy shops and luxury stores. The avenue is a great place for fans of architecture.
Written May 17, 2024
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Mary M
Miami, FL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Very nice experience, lots of things to see here. Everything was beautiful. It was little bit crowded on the first week of May when I visited there.
Written May 11, 2024
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Gran Via is a main street that runs east-west in central Madrid. Some parts of it are pedestrian only which are nice. Lots of good shopping, restaurants, and some hotels.
Written April 27, 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written March 27, 2024
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Curiosity586292
73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Street full of shops and nothing else. Went on a trip with my husband and stayed in a hotel on the Gran Via and even though the hotel was great we really didn’t enjoy our stay because the street washectic.
Written March 23, 2024
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SM
North America247 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visiting Spain has always been a bucket list destination I wanted to see and experience and the Capital "Madrid" is beautiful. This was the highlight. The architecture and cleanliness was nice to see.

The prices for restaurants and accommodations however are excessive in my view in comparison to other EU countries ie: Greece, Italy, Croatia which are equally beautiful with much more to offer ie, beautiful coastlines and beaches, great food, reasonably priced and in Italy especially, outstanding service.

Police officers on every corner it appeared. Gives you the sense it's not a safe place to visit.

You can find good prices shopping for clothes in Madrid.

Stayed for 3 nights/4days and in my view 2 nights would have been more than enough.

In my view, Madrid lacks professionals who understand what Customer Service really means. Not certain if its due to low wages/not caring/bad management/leadership but it certainly doesn't leave a good impression.

While nice to see and experience, Madrid it is sadly a country I would never return to based on my experience.
Written March 23, 2024
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Francine Madrazo
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
when you look around grand via it just feels likes a dream. the area and vibes is just so beautiful. highly recommend! there are lots of shops , restaurants and places to see in the area!
Written February 23, 2024
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 12, 2024
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