A tour through the most authentic parts of the Gran Vía

Always real and always in constant movement, Madrid is one of those cities to which we have to return from time to time in order to recharge ourselves with good, positive Madrid-style energy and to take lovely pictures.

It’s a city with spectacular neighborhoods (like La Latina or Chueca) and streets full of history and legendary places. Yes, streets like Madrid’s distinctive and always surprising Gran Vía.. Today we are setting off for its highlights, are you with us?


An early 20th century tour

One of the things we like most about Gran Vía is that a simple walk on either side of it shows us what Madrid was like at the beginning of the 20th century. An untouched and traditional Madrid with unique places such as the Círculo de Bellas Artes or IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Vía, a hotel that dates back to 1917 and which is characterized by its beautiful façade and by having the rooms in Gran Vía with the best views of the city.

A break in the Plaza de Callao

Although you have to deviate from the original street, you needn’t stop seeing and breathing in the magic of the Plaza de Callao. With its cinemas and theaters, this square (which had its peak in the 1920s at the beginning of the 20th century) is an ideal place to absorb the Madrid of another era, which tells us stories and anecdotes of our grandparents and great grandparents.

A square between skyscrapers

Walking along the Gran Vía means you come face to face with the Plaza de España, the square where the first of Madrid’s skyscrapers took shape (like the Edificio España or the famous Torre Madrid) and which has been a film set in lots of our historical national film works.

Chicote, a cocktail of all life

In addition to being the father of popular television presenter Alberto Chicote, Perico Chicote is known throughout the world for being the first official bartender in our country and the creator of the Chicote Bar. Located on the Gran Vía in Madrid – a short distance from the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Las Letras Hotel – the bar is a city institution.

From exquisite cocktails to live music, the truth is that enjoying this bar (considered a true national museum) is a perfect way to bid farewell to a day exploring Madrid’s Gran Vía.


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