During our time in Madrid, we have stayed in (ESPA Hotel Gran Via) which was right in the middle of this buzzing street! Its a bit like London’s Oxford street; with many cinemas, theatres, night clubs, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and large retailers. As the name means ‘the great lane’ is permanently crowded with shoppers and sightseers as well as the sight of prominent buildings such as the Edificio Telefonica and the Metropolis Building. Its boundaries lies within the Plaza Espana Square from the west to the east at the intersection with Alcalá Street. Its guaranteed that you would cross this street several times as it is connected between many attractions of Madrid. I would recommend to go for a stroll in the evening/night since it is very lively and it seems as if it never sleeps. We watched the sunset at the beautiful ancient Egyptian monument ‘Temple of Debod‘ which was one of the closest attractions to Gran Via, before spending the night walking around, having tapas and enjoying the high energy of Gran Via.
How to get here: The closest subway stations are Gran Via (Lines 1 & 5), Callao (Lines 3 & 5) and Santo Domingo (use Line 2).