Lines: 1, 5
This station marks the start of Gran Vía’s glut of shops, theatres, cinemas and clubs. Filled with hundreds of brand names and more, Gran Vía is the place for any serious shopper to begin their stay in Madrid. Try the flagship stores of popular Spanish brands such as Zara and Mango, the enormous Casa del Libro with four floors of books in a range of languages, or head north up Calle de Fuencarrel for a neverending street of quirky one-off shops.
As the most central area of the city there are dozens of places to stay lining Gran Via from hostels for travellers on a budget, mid-range chains such as Best Western, or high end luxury stays at Preciados or Vincci Capitol.