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Meaning "Great Road", Gran Vía is a main thoroughfare in Madrid, built to connect Calle de Alcalá to Plaza de España. Lined with a mixture of high end shops, eateries, and bars that cover both ends of the spectrum, this lively bustling street is best enjoyed at night when the locals and tourists alike come out to eat, drink, and mingle into the wee hours of the morning.

Besides the shopping and nightlife scene, Gran Vía is best known for the 20th century architecture that creates landmarks along its way. One such example is the Edificio Metropolis, which stands at the head of Gran Vía and boasts a magnificent rooftop statue of the Goddess Victory. There are also several old movie theatres including the Capitol, built in the art deco style.

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Gran Vía runs through central Madrid from Calle de Alcalá in the east to Plaza de España in the west. There are several hotels in this area, as it is well located amongst the cafes and clubs as well as the Prado museum and Retiro Park. It is also well connected in terms of metro stops - there are 5 along the way. 

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Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 487 Reviews

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Location: Madrid, Spain
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Madrid Combo: City Sightseeing and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

See Madrid’s top city sights from the comfort of a luxury coach, and then spend your afternoon exploring Spain’s national museum – the Prado – with an expert ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.22

8-Day Spain Tour Including Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover beautiful Barcelona, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Toledo and the highlights of Spain’s Andalusia region on this 8-day tour. Spend two days exploring ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid City Tour and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 71 Reviews

Match a sightseeing tour of Madrid with a visit to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home ground of the legendary Real Madrid football team. See the buildings that ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Madrid Super Saver: Toledo Half-Day Trip and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 37 Reviews

Pay less and get more with this Madrid Super Saver tour! Spend the morning in Toledo, Spain's medieval capital and a treasure trove of El Greco artwork. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 98 Reviews

Explore Madrid's attractions on a afternoon sightseeing tour by coach. This tour is the perfect introduction to Madrid's famous sights from the Gran Via and ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.87

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

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Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Madrid City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

See Madrid at your own pace on a 3-hour city tour with a private driver! With a flexible itinerary, you can see the sights that you want to see while being ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.81

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