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.
The hop-on-hop-off tour is the best way to see the main highlights of Madrid! I would highly recomend this to anyone who doesnt have too many days to spend in the city but would like to see as much as possible.
Two separate, and different, routes and both really good.
A great evening. Great guide. Wonderful town tonight
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.