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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 Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Food Tastings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 738 Reviews

Discover Madrid’s highlights aboard an open-top double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. Step aboard and watch the passing sights on both the two ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $24.56

Madrid Casino Gran Vía Entry and Evening Sightseeing Tour

Combine at a glamorous night at the casino with an evening tour of Madrid’s top sights. Hop aboard an open-top, double-decker bus to enjoy unobstructed views ...  Read more

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

From USD $29.23

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 113 Reviews

Explore the Madrid’s top sights on this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, admire showstopper attractions such as the Royal ...  Read more

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

From USD $31.57

Private Tour: Madrid City Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 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 $47.87

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

4 star rating: Recommended 176 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: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.32

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