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Primark Gran Via
#About the Cheap European Fashion Chain

Primark is a British fashion chain that has cheap prices, and a wide variety of clothes for the whole family. This department store has shoes, clothes, dresses, coats, undergarments, and more.

This chain is characterized by many buyers who can make a big mess. Those who love good finds and knows how to spot a treasure in a big pile, will be able to find a lot here.

With 5 floors this is a huge store, nice and clean. Gran Via is a chain in Madrid's main shopping street, with a large variety of men's clothes, women's, children's, accessories, shoes, and more.


Try getting here by morning, because in the evening there are long lines.

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Barrio de Salamanca
#About the Prestigious Neighborhood of Madrid

Since the 19th century, Barrio de Salamanca has been a prestigious and expensive neighborhood in Madrid. All around the neighborhood were luxury homes built by rich people in Madrid, nobility and bourgeoisie residents.

In Salamanca is one of the leading Management schools in the world, IE Business School, a place that qualifies the best managers in Europe, and people from around the world come here to study, and to study the Masters degree offered here.

Wandering the main streets of Salamanca will show you what are considered the most expensive streets in Spain. There are stores of designers like Gucci, Tiffany's, Louis Vitton, and Prada, and near them local designers, leaders of Spain.

If you want, you can eat is Salamanca meals and cakes at high prices, or settle for window shopping in the expensive Goya Street. A cup of coffee and slice of cake here can cost like a meal at a regular restaurant - like an entire outing to a typical tapas bar.

If you still want to feel the neighborhood and buy from the stores here, in Sereno Street there are less expensive stores, where you can buy products without having to take out any loans...


In Salamanca it is recommended to visit during the daylight hours, because in the evening it is quiet without really anything to do, as can be expected from a luxury neighborhood, well-standing locals who want quiet.

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#About the Renewing Neighborhood in Madrid

Once, the Malasana neighborhood (Barrio de Malasaña) at the center of the Plaza 2 de Mayo square, was one of the older and crumbling places of Madrid. Malasana was already set to be destroyed. Young enthusiasts, together with the residents of the neighborhood, opposed the destruction and stopped it completely. In a wonderful civil movement, the neighborhood became one of the trendiest places in Madrid, to a popular residential area, and an area for outings for Madrid's young people.

This is called urban renewal, and this is what turned this tired and gloomy place to a hipster fortress and a real entertainment area, filled with pleasant restaurants and cafes, friendly to locals and tourists, optimistic and full of life.

Today, this is one of the most bohemian quarters in the city. The quarter is known for its cool rock and funk clubs. Each evening the Malasana clubs bring in many young people, that come in groups to the live performances and the parties.

The magical Malasana neighborhood, in north Madrid, is behind the luxury mall Gran Via, the must eat food temple, cultural and shopping centers of Madrid.

Many in Madrid call Malasana el Barrio de Universidad, for the student atmosphere here. Another name that sticks around is Chueca-Malasana, named for the nearby Chueca neighborhood. This is a neighborhood for the LGBTQ community of Madrid, with a liberal atmosphere, young and open. Many tend to see both of them as one urban place, the two strongest entertainment quarters in the Spanish capital.

#The Hours of Malasana

During the passing hours, Malasana goes through different stages and receives a different face.

Throughout the day you can walk along with the elders of the neighborhood, drink espresso in a designed cafe, and enjoy a good meal in restaraunt with a Spanish feel.

In the evenings you can sit at a local bar, or go to a cool alternative rock club, one of the many scattered around.

In the night hours Malasana changes its face. The club atmosphere in the night clubs and the bars become more vibrant, jumpy, and fun. You can see all the big names in the city of Madrid, beautiful, musicians and artists, everyone dancing, drinking, and having a good time.


There is no specific place here. Just come to the neighborhood and wander around. You will discover over and over again hip places, fun things, people, and entertainments. Enjoy!

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#About the Gay Neighborhood of Madrid

The neighborhood of Chueca is the center of the gay community of Madrid. This neighborhood is in the center of Madrid, a few minutes walk from the Gran Via.

Today's Chueca is the happiest, open, chic and colorful area in the city, but until a few years ago it was a crime-ridden area in the city and a poor and disintegrating neighborhood. The miracle took place here, when the proud community discovered the neighborhood, which had a winning position.

Members of the gay and lesbian community saw Chueca's enormous potential and "dressed in it." They renovated houses there, opened shops and bars, and gradually turned it into a cool, hearty and action-packed area around the clock. So, Chueca quickly became the center of the nightlife and entertainment of the city.

Today it is a bustling area of ​​life not only at night. Along with excellent nightlife and clubs, this area of ​​the city is full of restaurants, bars and galleries.

#Shopping in Chueca

Many say that Chueca is the most fashionable neighborhood in Madrid. This is also evident from the great stores in it. Shopping here concentrates on Fuencarral Street which can be seen as the Soho of Madrid.

Pay attention to the El Mercado Fuencarral shopping center, the C / Conde Duque where interesting fashion shops are, and the local flea market, the Rastro.

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Shopping in Madrid

Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
#About the Madrid City Center and its Demonstration Square

The Puerta del Sol Square, meaning "The Gate of the Sun," is the heart of the city and its central point. It is lively and popular with tourists and locals. For many generations there have been quite a few historical events that have made it famous and very important. Originally, by the way, it was adjacent to the eastern walls of the city and only in the 18th century it became a central square within the old city of Madrid.

Around the square you can see the traditional little shops that will sell you all kinds of interesting items and beautiful souvenirs. Pay attention to their colorful wooden doors. In the center of the square are a number of sculptures - the statue of King Carlos III, the Casa de Kraus and the Clock Tower, which was erected in 1866 and the clock on which knocks twelve knocks.

The source of the name "Square of the Sun" is from the symbol that was on an ancient gate that was in the city, from which one could enter the city. At the corner of the square is the distance marker, from which the distances are measured in Spain. In other words, in the heart of the square is the 0 point, the point from which all the main roads in Spain cross and the distances are measured. You'll probably see tourists gathering around and take pictures excitedly. It was also referred to in the cinema, in the film "Mile 0," in which the characters turned the point into their meeting spot.

The square, often referred to simply as the "Sol", is also an exit point for many tours of the city center.

If you came to Madrid in the cold season, consider that on December 31, New Year's Eve, there will be a great celebration and a lot of excitement and noise.

#About the Sculptures in the Square

Although Guidol has detailed guides on the statues separately, there are a few central statues in the square to say a few words about:

The statue of King Carlos III is an impressive statue placed here in 1997. Carlos was the king of Spain, who transferred it to the era of education and industrialization and is considered one of those responsible for becoming a more modern kingdoms

The bear statue and the mulberry tree, which you will see in another part of the square, is a statue of a bear touching the fruits of the mulberry tree. This statue weighs about 20 tons and appears on the flag of the city of Madrid. There are arguments about exactly what the bear and the tree symbolize, but we have prepared a separate guide just for this statue.


Shopping enthusiasts may be interested in all the surroundings of the square and the large department store El Corte Ingles spread over a number of buildings.

From the square there are 3 pedestrian streets, the Al-Carmen pedestrian street, the Praçados pedestrian street and the pedestrian street of Montara, all leading to Gran Via, the main street of Madrid.

Every evening there are fascinating musicians and curious street artists. Fun!

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Gran Via
Gran Via
#About the Central Avenue and the Heaven for Shopping Lovers in Madrid

The Gran Via Avenue, is the main street in the city of Madrid. This is not only because of all the different stores, but thanks to the architecturally impressive buildings on the street. The best Spanish architects took part in building the buildings on Gran Via, the ones you see around you.

The avenue itself was built in the 20th century. The original purpose of the street, build in the 19th century, was to connect between Puerta de Alcalá to Plaza de Espana.

In 1904 the plans were finally approved, and a few years later, construction began. In 1929 construction was completed.

During the Civil War period, the name of the street changed a few times, for everyone who ruled wanted to give it its own name.

Today, the avenue is crowded and luxurious. There are movie theaters, fascinating luxury homes, huge stores, and more. You can see here the Central Bank, the Communication Palace, and many other public buildings. On one side of the square there is Plaza de Espana, and on the other side the Paseo del Prado.

If the name Gran Via is familiar to you, that is because it is popular for street names around Spain - in Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid. If your accommodation is near the Gran Via, it means you have a great place to stay!

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Conde Duque
Conde Duque
#About the Modern Art Complex in the Ancient Building

Conde Duque is a modern art complex in Madrid, where museums and galleries have exhibits and present art, there is an auditorium that holds concerts, shows, plays, and dance performances.

The art complex was built in an old building from the 18th century, and at the center there is the museum for modern art, that holds temporary exhibits or paintings and photos, from the 20th century, and from modern artists.

Lately, the Conde Duque area has filled with clothing stores, restaurants, cafes, and nice and cheap bars.

The city's young population loves Malasana as well, the area where the complex is located. Many come to hang out here, together with tourists that come here to refresh from the many palaces and museums around the city.

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El Rastro Market
El Rastro Market
#About Madrid's Nice Flea Market

If you are a flea market fan, Madrid also has a successful market. The El Rastro Market in the La Latine neighborhood is open on Sundays, throughout the whole year. With the years it has gained popularity, and is considered a really good flea market.

The name Rastro means street, and the market received its name for its past as a slaughterhouse from the 16th century. The streets were paved with blood, as butchers carried the animals from the hills where they were slaughtered to the square below.

Actually, many locals come here for a classic Sunday - visit the market in the morning, and from there go to lunch and entertainment in the squares of Santa Ana or the La Latina area, a concentration of recommended tapas bars, for an outing that mostly ends in the small hours of the night.

Vendors of antiquities come to the Madrid flea market from around the world to buy and sell their products. You can find here more or less everything - starting from shoelaces, working tools, furniture from past centuries, ancient and luxurious design items.

Don't forget to haggle, vendors here will ask high prices for their products. Be sure to protect your personal items from pickpocketers.


The market spreads around the narrow streets around the Plaza de Cascorro and Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores.

Arrive early - especially in summer. There are more finds and fewer crowds.

Feel free to haggle! It is allowed and accepted here.

Beware of pickpocketers - bring only what you absolutely need here. Don't leave your phone and wallet in your back pocket, and place your backpack in front of your body.

Hungry? Next to the market there is the best concentration of tapas bars that are nice and delicious, with great beers.

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