The grand Paseo de la Castellana runs for nearly 4 miles (6 km), from the Plaza de Colón to the outskirts of northern Madrid. The most important north-south thoroughfare in the city also takes visitors past some of the city’s most important landmarks and neighborhoods.
You’d be hard-pressed to visit Madrid without crossing the Paseo de la Castellana during your stay. Sightseeing tours by car, bus, or bike, or on foot, take visitors along portions of this thoroughfare on the way to attractions like the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España, and the renowned Museo del Prado. Anyone visiting Real Madrid’s home stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu, will travel via the Paseo de la Castellana as well.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Spending time on Paseo de la Castellana is a must for every first-time visitor to Madrid.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the Paseo de la Castellana is quite long.
- The Paseo de la Castellana is wheelchair-accessible, as are many of the shops and restaurants along the way.
How to Get There
Portions of the Paseo de la Castellana are walkable, and the entire length of the road is serviced by numerous buses and metro lines.
When to Get There
The best time to visit this area depends largely on what interests you. Stop at one of the terraced restaurants lining the street for lunch, dinner, or evening drinks, or stroll along the road after sundown to see its buildings and monuments illuminated.
Four Towers Business Area
The Paseo de la Castellana terminates at the Four Towers (Cuatro Torres), a business park comprising Madrid’s four tallest skyscrapers. The tallest, the Crystal Tower (Torre de Cristal), measures 817 feet (249 meters) tall, making it the tallest building in Spain.