A shopping area par excellence
A traditional tour of the shops starts right in the city centre. More specifically, in calle Preciados, next to Puerta del Sol square. Walking around here is a real experience where you will see hundreds of people carrying shopping bags full of things they've bought on this street full of shops and a unique atmosphere. Calle Preciados leads into the equally lively Plaza Callao, which is also next to the Gran Vía, the most famous street in Madrid that always seems to be in a state of flux. All the large chains compete to have a shop window here and there is not a single self-respecting Madrid native or tourist who hasn’t visited the Gran Vía at least once. And there is so much life here that between the shops, you will always find a restaurant or a rooftop bar with beautiful views where you can relax. Madrid would not be the same without its iconic Gran Vía. Also, with it being such a great place for tourists and with total freedom over business hours, in this area, it is normal to find shops open to 10pm every day of the year.