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Gran Via

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Address: 28013 Madrid, Spain
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Busy and a tad touristy for my taste.

I think there are better locations to see in the city. It does lead to some interesting side street, however, and has the classic building that you see in all the photos of... read more

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109 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place to shop and if not a shopper like me it is still a great place to grab a coffee and churro and people watch: rich and poor, young and old, resident and tourist. The "working women" in their tall heels and tight pants are present make for great photo opportunities or so it seemed for one male tourist!

Thank David G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think there are better locations to see in the city. It does lead to some interesting side street, however, and has the classic building that you see in all the photos of Madrid. Also easy access on the Metro.

Thank klmattocks
Ranelagh, Ireland
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must to see when in Madrid. Great ambiance all day. Nice shops and restaurants. Easy to access also.

Thank D W
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the Hop On/Hop Off sightseeing tour for 2 days. First time we stayed on the bus the whole loop and the Gran Via was spectacular architecture and beauty.

Thank Carol R
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our hotel was situated on Gran Via and we spent a lot of time exploring beautiful roads of it, full of shops and very interesting people. Beautiful architecture, magical at night when lit!

Thank Ivana S
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked the length of the Gran Via and we chose a restaurant just of it where we had the worst lunch we had had . The highlight was that it culminated in the Palace de Cibeles which was worth the walk.

Thank chang33
Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Impressive big main street, typical of big Capital cities. Full of large shops, theatres and old palaces.

Thank timbookthree
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very busy shops cafes & hotels , good variety to choose from stopped in hotel Atlantico and was also close to see real metro stations

Thank acid777
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A lot of shops around. Visit Primark... low prices and many clothes. Musicians and people who are doing tricks are all around

Thank Anna C
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a nice street to stroll down! All the shopping you can think of, numerous bars and restaurants and so many people! We loved it.

Thank yuvalhanin1

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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.
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