The streets of my Madrid!!!

I have several posts on the streets of Madrid in my blog and even if cannot cover them all, I try to give you all of my nostalgic favorites. This time will show some very well known streets and some less; hope you enjoy the post as I. Therefore, here are more of the streets of my Madrid!!!

The Paseo del Prado, from Plaza de Cibeles, you’ll catch one of Madrid’s best-known boulevards ,Paseo del Prado, which shares the same name as the world-famous art museum. Other than the prominent Prado, the boulevard stretches past Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, almost reaching Museo Reina Sofia in an area known as “The Golden Triangle of Art”. Other notable highlights along the way include the vertical garden at the Caixa Forum, the Royal Botanical Garden and the Fountain of Neptune, and Cibeles. Paseo del Prado ends at the Atocha train station, which is famous for its interior rainforest. a few of Madrid’s most famous hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton Madrid and Westin Palace Madrid.  When walking, make sure to stay in the green area in the middle, where you’ll spot plenty of monuments, statues, fountains and people walking their dogs or enjoying an afternoon stroll. The Paseo del Prado is the oldest historical urban street in Madrid  It runs north-south between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (also known as Plaza de Atocha), with the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo (the location of the Fuente de Neptuno, and of the Ritz and Palace five-star hotels) lying approximately in the middle. The Paseo del Prado forms the southern end of the city’s central axis (which continues to the north of Cibeles as the Paseo de Recoletos, and further north as the Paseo de la Castellana).

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The Madrid tourist office on Paseo del Prado

The Paseo de Recoletos is a wide boulevard leading from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza de Colón. The center part of the boulevard is a pedestrian walk, lined with gardens, trees, statues, fountains and varied street furniture. The first and largest stretch of the boulevard (from Plaza Cibeles to Calle de Prim) has a row of eight ponds lined with white double doric columns;an equatorial sundial are nearby. The second and shortest stretch (from Calle Prim to Calle Almirante/Recoletos) contains the Café Gijón (number 21), an historic literary café founded in 1888 with an outdoor terraza on the boulevard.  On the fourth and last stretch (from Calle Bárbara de Braganza/Villanueva to Plaza de Colón) is the Café El Espejo (number 31), another quant café with an impressive glass pavilion influenced by Art Nouveau.

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The Madrid tourist office on the Paseo de Recoletos

The Paseo de la Castellana , commonly known as La Castellana, is one of the longest and widest avenues of Madrid. It is named after an old fountain that used to exist in Plaza de Castilla. It starts at Plaza de Colón, passes through the Nuevos Ministerios, Plaza de Lima, Plaza de Cuzco, Plaza de Castilla, and ends near the Nudo Norte (North Junction), connecting with the M-30 and the road to Colmenar Viejo. The Paseo de la Castellana is the continuation of Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado, and these three avenues vertebrate the north-south axis of the city. And of course, right up is the magnificent Estadio Santiago Bernabeu home of the greatest football/soccer club in history, the Real Madrid CF! 


The Madrid tourist office on the Castellana neighborhood:

At the quant Calle Cava Baja,if you’re hoping for an authentic Spanish street, this is it. The small, curved pathway (part cobblestone too) of Cava Baja is lined with some of Madrid’s most typical Spanish restaurants and bars. The street was once a jumping off point for postmen to take the mail from Madrid to the smaller villages outside the city back in the 17C. Today, it does retain a certain old-city charm, where you’ll find plenty of tapas bars, some with caves down below where you can eat and drink.


The Calle Carretas , it is said that, in order to defend the watchtower of Puerta del Sol, the rebels built a barricade with carts. This street was one of the first streets in Madrid that had sidewalks in 1834. Later, at the end of the 19C, the street became famous for the number of shops specializing in orthopedic devices. Pedestrian since 2018, it is true that nowadays, the establishments on this street are more and more franchises from the world of fashion and textile and fewer traditional shops, but this is the irremediable trend that is pushing the world, The name came from the revolt that was unleashed, which is known as the War of the Communities. Toledo, Guadalajara, Valladolid, Zamora … the rebellious spirit spread like wildfire and that uprising ended up arriving in Madrid. In the case of this street, they used numerous carts to as barricades and, therefore, it began to be known as the “street of the carts”. Name that continues to be used to this day.  Some historical anecdotes on businesses there tell us of a certain Café Pombo ,a Madrid café located at Calle Carretas 4. Meeting place for artists who would become famous when, from 1912, the writer Ramón Gómez de la Serna decided to hold his literary gathering on Saturday nights, called La Sagrada cripta del Pombo, and which remained until 1942. Another place, historical in its own way, was the Café La Juventud, opened in the early years of the 20C, and which had, like many similar places at that time, a stage; in it, comedians such as Loreto Prado and Enrique Chicote made themselves known. Later, the building became the Romea Theater, which was demolished shortly before the Spanish Civil War.


A pedestrian street, Calle de Preciados is located between Puerta del Sol and Plaza Callao. Department stores, brands of various standings, and above all a lively atmosphere! The locals rub shoulders with tourists, who come as much to shop as to stroll. One of my favorite streets even today we shop there a lot.

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Calle  de Preciados is named for two brothers who were civil servants in the 15C, working as almotacenes. That means they were in charge of monitoring the use of different measurements and coins by the different tradesmen operating in the neighbourhood.  at the end of the 19C, the Centro Numismático Matritense, a bureau de change, was established here.

Calle de Preciados begins at Puerta del Sol and ends at Plaza de Santo Domingo, passing through Callao, where it makes a jog. It is a street with various commercial premises and it occupies the fifth position of the streets in the world where the rent is more expensive. It is famous for the presence of El Corte Inglés and other international franchises. However, with my Mom Gladys we came to know it first by this anecdote!  In 1943 the businessman Pepín Fernández began his commercial activities in this central street by opening the Galerias Preciados, which took the name of the street. It’s considered to be Madrid’s first shopping center. It was eventually absorbed by El Corte Inglés, in 1995, but the building that was home to the galerías is still one of the most distinctive ones in the area. In fact, it’s served as a set for plenty of adverts and films, like ‘The Day of the Beast’ by Álex de la Iglesia. 


One of the most notable buildings on the street, where it joins the Plaza de Callao, is occupied by FNAC. The acronym stands for the Fedération National d’Achats des Cadres, a French company specialising in cultural merchandise. Here you can buy everything from books and CDs to paraphernalia related to photography, computing and high technology.  


On the Calle de Preciados was the Varela café, an emblematic place from the 19-20C, frequented by Miguel de Unamuno, Emilio Carrerè and the Machado brothers, among others. In 1973, it was one of the first pedestrian streets in the capital before the year 2000 and decided to open a hotel (Hotel Preciados) and recovers the Café Varela, which functions as a hotel cafeteria as well as for clients from outside.

The Calle del Carmen is in the Centro district of Madrid. It begins at Puerta del Sol and ends at Plaza del Callao. Currently it is one of the most commercial streets of the capital, highlighting among its shops the famous lottery administration of Doña Manolita,at No 22,  being a custom on the eve of the Christmas draw, its long queues to acquire a lottery ticket. It has intersections with Plaza del Callao ,Calle Salud, Calle Tetuán, Calle Galdo, Calle Rompelanzas, and Calle Mesonero Romanos.


 The Madrid tourist office on Doña Manolita


The official Real Madrid on the store in Calle del Carmen

It is known the existence of a church of Carmen Calzado that would give the name to the street. The convent of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, calzado of San Dámaso, was located at the beginning of the street that intersects with Puerta del Sol is found the gate that gave rise to its name.  The statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree was located at the entrance to this street, and in 2009 it was relocated at the entrance to Calle de Alcalá. The painter Juan Gris was born in 1887 in the building at number 4 facing Calle Tetuán. The street was peatonise in 1993.

You can get to these areas of Madrid easily, walking or public transports. For info. Metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3), Callao (lines 3 and 5) and Santo Domingo (line 2) stations. By train: Cercanías (commuter lines) C3 and C4, Sol station.  By bus: 1, 2, 46, 74, 75 146. 

For info work has started on the Puerta del Sol where things will be moving around including the Madroño bear, the idea to make it more pedestrian sort of what they already did with the Plaza de España.

The Madrid tourist office on shopping Preciados :

There you go folks, a wonderful tour of the sublime streets of my Madrid, on foot is better I said! Hope you enjoy this bit of a tour of different sections and streets of my Madrid....And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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2 Comments to “The streets of my Madrid!!!”

  1. Excellent, thanks for the memory nudge.

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