Off the beaten paths of Madrid, AZCA!

And back at you with Madrid, well this is September , my birthday month and I am feeling nostalgic ::) The weather helps as sunny warm humid , and leaves fallen off the trees with shades of colors , Autumn is coming up.

I like to tell you about a place very known to me ,but seldom visit because it is off the Centro tourist center of Madrid; but a great place to get to know the other Madrid in off the beaten path zone. Let me tell you a bit about AZCA!

In my later life I came here many times because it is where the 1) hotel closest to Santiago Bernabeu stadium I stayed, 2) a huge dept store El Corte Inglés is near, 3) The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium of Real Madrid, my team ok, 4) the nearest point from Nuevo Ministerios metro stop coming for a long or quick stop from the airport, and 5) because it is home of MODA shopping center.

Now a bit about AZCA.

AZCA ,Mixed Association of compensation of the zone A of the commercial zone of the Avenue of the Generalissimo (current Paseo de la Castellana), or in Spanish Asociación Mixta de Compensación de la Manzana A de la Zona Comercial de la Avenida del Generalísimo is a financial and business district of Madrid . It is a rectangular superblock of 19 hectares of area composed of office buildings between the streets of Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde, Orense, General Perón and Paseo de la Castellana. Also, within the scope are the squares of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Carlos Trías Beltrán and Manuel Gómez Moreno.  It has several tall buildings or towers such as Torre Picasso, Building of BBVA ,and the Torre Europa.  In it, there is a huge department store of the chain El Corte Inglés (see my post on them).

Its original conception ,and its name was approved in 1946; was finally won by architects in 1954 that were inspired by the Rockefeller Center New York. Their total and final approval did not occur until 1964. At the end of 1968 the urbanization of the area began, as well as the beginning of the construction of the first building on land belonging to the El Corte Inglés dept store. The last plot of land to be built was also of the El Corte Inglés in 2000.

The shape square or manzana like apple in Spanish of AZCA has a practically rectangular shape, with dimensions of approximately 618 x 305 meters and an area of almost 19 hectares; inside this area under the ground is a ring of circulation that communicates and facilitates the traffic of the streets around it.

Some of the buildings of note are;

Torre Picasso, 5th highest building in Madrid and 10th highest building in Spain. Torre Europa is the 7th tallest building in Madrid and houses offices of different companies.  The Castellana 81, under the building runs the tunnel of the railway, therefore, the entire structure supports two large pilasters of concrete on horseback on both sides. Torre Titania , the first six plants house the El Corte Inglés dept store and the rest is the headquarters of Ernst & Young Spain. It occupies the site of the Windsor building, destroyed after a fire in 2005.  The Mahou Tower, 17th highest in Madrid is the headquarters of Mutua Madrileña insurance company.


In the early 2010-16 there were some concerned about security here especially at night but lately security has been reinforce and new renovations of buildings have taken place.  The issue of insecurity, during the first quarter of 2016, 55 security cameras managed by the Municipal police were installed. The store Zara opened in April 2017 its largest store in Spain occupying 5000 m² in Castellana 79. Since  October 2014 has been celebrating a street food festival, Madreat, in the gardens of AZCA until 2016;now looking to see how the trucks can come here after the renovations, but nice to know about Food Trucks in Madrid here:

Parking Hotel Holiday InnBernabéu (now new name Hotel Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana)  at 5 minutes on foot from the Stadium Santiago Bernabéu (Real Madrid) and  7 minutes on foot from  AZCA . It has direct access to the hotel (my usual hotel for games when not staying with family) access pedestrian and vehicule by  Avenida del General Perón, 34. The new hotel webpage:

The nearest metro station is Nuevos Ministerios line 8 that also connects to the airport, and Santiago Bernabéu  Line 10 (by the stadium of Real Madrid), and bus numbers 14, 27, 40, 43, 120, 147 and 150 will also take you here too.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

AZCA association for the enhancement of the place in Spanish

Tourist office of Madrid on AZCA complex

As it goes for shopping ,and we love it. We have come here ever since it was open in 1988.  The shopping mall Moda (en. fashion) is located in the area of modern Madrid, in the heart of AZCA, just between the emblematic buildings of Torre Picasso and Torre Europa very close to the Congress Palace and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.


This is very chic shopping with some big names in a grand modern building with many glass windows and a nice inner patio to unwind the walks in the city. The shopping is super; you can come into the mall by several street entrances such as Paseo de la Castellana,95, Calle Orense 22-24 in the Plaza Carlos Trias Bertràn, and Calle del General Péron, 38-40. The Plaza Carlos Trias Bertràn is the easier entrance to the Holiday Inn hotel above.

You have classic eateries here, we love the Biaci,Mallorca Cafe , and Casa Carmen. As stores well the Chocolate Factory, Juancho Lujans, and Via Venetto. Vale chicos/as.

The official webpage is here: Moda Shopping Mall at AZCA

Hope you enjoy this unusual post ::)  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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9 Comments to “Off the beaten paths of Madrid, AZCA!”

  1. I can’t remember if Nuevos Ministerios is near the area of Orense, but I think it is. I’ll tell you a secret: that is where I first got drunk in May 82, during las fiestas de San Isidro! 😣

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  2. I’m sorry… did you say biggest ZARA in Spain?! Consider AZCA added to my list of must-sees! Gracias 🙂

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