Gran Via divides Madrid in districts: on its northside are Malasaña -
Permanently crowded with shoppers and sightseers, the street is appropriately named -
During the 1920s, the Gran Vía became an area where inhabitants could stroll around, with many shops, insurance company offices and leisure buildings that combined cinemas, theatres or varieties.
The first section, approximately up to Callao, is characterised by monumental buildings influenced by a modernist style and based on classicism and neo-
The Gran Vía ends in an open area, Plaza España, created in the 1920s to air the old city and constructed on land occupied by low houses, small gardens and billeting.
Plaza de España is one of the biggest squares in the city. The massive Plaza de España is flanked by Madrid's first skyscrapers, built in the 1950's: Torre de Madrid and Edificio España. Plaza de España's large central statue pays homage to Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes, seated, is accompanied by statues of his beloved characters, Don Quijote and Sancho Panza.
Madrid’s Broadway -
Madrid has ranked third in the world in the number of musical shows premiering in the city. That says much about the city’s taste for shows that move the masses and make the stories of Victor Hugo and his Misérables and the songs of Lloyd Weber universal, not to mention the Disney characters given life by flesh-
Famous voices that reveal their acting ability on stage, giving life to Mary Magdalene, the flower-
Chueca is a small but lively neighbourhood squeezed between Paseo de Recoletos to the east and Calle de Fuencarral to the west. Its epicenter is Plaza de Chueca.
Plaza de Chueca is the center of barrio activity. Cafes around the square set up tables when the weather is nice. It's the see and be seen of Gay Madrid.
Chueca is full of restaurants, any type of cuisine, of style, different budgets, -
Chueca is the kind of neighbourhood perfect for strolling and stumbling upon attractive establishments... Taste the forward-
All the district is peppered with lots of bars and clubs, both for gay and non gay night life.
Chueca is also interesting in terms of architecture. In fact, it holds some of the most beautiful blocks in Madrid. Brightly-
Malasaña is the area enclosed by San Bernardo to the west, Gran Vía to the south, calle Fuencarral to the east and Calle de Carranza to the north. Cross Calle San Bernardo and you enter the area of Conde Duque with the same northern and southern boundaries but ending at Plaza de España/ Calle de la Princesa.
Two important revolutions took place in Malasaña: The first was an uprising against Napoleonic occupation in 1808 -
The center of Malasaña is the Plaza del Dos de Mayo. The people who hang around this area proudly call themselves 'malasañeros' and the district keeps some flavour of the mentioned "Movida" spirit... This is a vibrant neighbourhood full of bars and cafés crowded at weekends with all sorts of people from hard rock lovers to the trendiest fashion followers, but residents tend to be more on the alternative and arty style....A lot of its streets have been renovated, making it a much more attractive quarter. The renovation seems to be attracting a growing number of good, reasonably priced restaurants and interesting shops. Calle Pez is an atractive street with good cafés, restaurants, shops and a theater. The charming squares of San Ildefonso or plaza de Juan Pujol are barrio feeling places with nice cafés and shops around.
Malasaña is one of the classic areas for partying the night away. In the clubs the age group is generally between 17 and 35, but there's space for any age group here. Most of the accommodation in this area consists of cheap hostels and pensiones, some of which are among the best value in the city.
Across San Bernardo the Conde Duque area is a quiet part of the district. It gets its name from the impressive Cuartel del Conde Duque -