Gran Via, Madrid

Madrid is a city of majestic streets. The most famous of them—and our favourite— is Gran Via.

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Known as the Spanish Broadway, this magnificent main artery of Madrid offers amazing architecture, with art deco skyscrapers, historic theatres and a painterly sky overhead. You’ll get a stunning view from the balcony of your hotel room, as well as from the Gourmet Experience, situated atop El Corte Inglés store.

Calle Fuencarral

File:Calle de Fuencarral (Madrid) 01.jpg - Wikimedia CommonsGet a feel of the local life with a stroll down tree-lined Calle Fuencarral, where the pace is relaxed and a good coffee shop is never far. Your gaze is bound to be captivated by the beautiful architecture as you stroll.

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The street begins at the Gran Vía and extends until the Chamberí neighbourhood, with its nerve centre in the Malasaña area. The pedestrian-only section of the street is lined with modern fashion labels, spunky young designer shops, and a fabulous variety of restaurants.

Our Secret: Don’t miss Mercado de San Ildefonso – a food market that spans three floors.

Calle de las Huertas

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It’s calm and beautiful to walk on. The names of Spain’s literature giants are etched in gold along the pavement. At night, the tapas bars fill with locals. Knock back a mojito or three while live music plays.