Whenever you visit a new city, one of the things you want to do is walk around and discover every corner of it. Madrid is a great place to do this, since it has plenty of places to see and a lot of streets that are constantly filled with people and full of life. If you want to know which spots are a must when in the city, check this list of the most popular streets of Madrid.
This is the most famous street in Madrid, and it’s located in the heart of the city. You’ve probably already seen many photos of it, and it’s also known as the city’s Broadway due to the number of theaters there. This street connects the Salamanca district with the Argüelles neighborhood. In Gran Vía, you can eat, drink, shop, go to the cinema or go watch a show in any of the venues in the area. And, of course, you can also admire the beautiful architecture while you walk up and down this beautiful avenue.
Paseo del Prado and Paseo de Recoletos
If you have to go from Atocha to Plaza de Colón, this is the way to go. First, you will walk up Paseo del Prado, one of the older boulevards in Madrid, until you reach Plaza de Cibeles, which also is one of the most popular spots in the city, declared Asset of Cultural Interest. It’s in this same street where you will be able to find many cultural tourist attractions, such as the Prado Museum, the Thussen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum, as well as many spectacular fountains and the Botanical Garden.
After Plaza Cibeles, this boulevard becomes Paseo de Recoletos until Plaza de Colón. You will enjoy 500 meters of spectacular nineteenth century palaces, great restaurants, museums (such as the Wax Museum), gardens and sculptures. It’s the perfect choice for a quiet afternoon walk.
In the old town of Madrid you will find Calle Segovia. This street has been a very important part of the history of the city throughout the years, since it used to be the main entrance to said old town, and you can see that reflected on the architecture of this area. It goes from Puerta Cerrada to Puente de Segovia (the bridge of Segovia) and here you will also find the famous Segovia viaduct, built in 1930.
Cava Baja is the best street in Madrid to go eat tapas and have a beer. You will find it in the Latina district, which is one of the most charming and colorful neighborhoods in the city. It used to be a commercial area, closely related to the famous Mercado de la Cebada. Nowadays, this street is always full of life, and it’s definitely the place to be if you want to have some drinks in the city center (there’s more than 50 bars in barely 300 meters!). Our advice: don’t miss out the restaurant Casa Lucio.
Calle Zurbano is located in one of the most desired areas of Madrid, Chamberí. In fact, this street was considered one of the best ones in Europe by The New York Times. It goes from Plaza San Juan de la Cruz to Calle de Almagro, and it houses residential mansions from the late nineteenth century as well as traditional neighborhood shops and innovative restaurants. One of the most endearing establishments is Mantequería José Gascón, a grocery store that is almost 100 years old and whose iconic façade (art deco style) has remained intact despite the passage of time. A few meters beyond the Mantequería we find another building that you should not miss on your walk around Zurbano: the Sorolla Museum. This was the painter’s former home and currently houses a large collection of some of his most important works.
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