When you visit Madrid, you simply cannot miss Gran Via. The largest and probably one of the most important boulevards in Spain is filled with pieces of history and architecture that you will hardly find so exposed anywhere else. If you are interested in the early 20th century architecture, this is the place to be at.
Are you a shopaholic? Once again, here you will find a large diversity of stores that you will surely be interested in, on each side of the boulevard. A lot of hotels are also located here and you can book a room with one of them if you want to be close to the action.
Although in the beginning, Gran Via was a cynical definition that referred to postponed construction of the boulevard, the name was adopted officially in 1981.
If you find yourself close to Plaza Cibeles, Plaza de Espana or Calle de Alcala, you will have the opportunity to visit from one of the ends of the boulevard.