Streets and walking, Madrid
This is a wonderful square off the beaten path for sure, north of Madrid up the Paseo de la Castellana and past stadium Santiago Bernabeu. It is here the locals are seen away from the hordes of tourist to the centro or center of Madrid.
This is my area when visiting now ,after living off Quintana at the other end. Here you have the Gateway to Europe or Puerta de Europa and the obelisk of the caja de Madrid bank.
In the Puerta de Europa you have the two towers Kio, that started in 1990,across from the Plaza Castilla .Both towers are inclined about 15 degrees from the vertical position. the name comes from the fact that they were order by the Investment office of Koweit . the towers are the first done inclined in the world. There are others like the tower of Pisa in Italy, but this one was not voluntarialy inclined they are so due to bad foundations.
The obelisk is a donation of the caja de madrid bank for the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the institution. It was done in Dec 23,2009 with a high of 92 meters.
There are many bus lines and the metro Plaza Castilla line 1,9,and10 here.There is ,also a great Vinci parking underground. you have at the corner of calle San Aquilino and Avenida de Asturias to take the bus lines inter city that comes off highways A-1 and M-607, and another area for the lines covering the new housing projects to the north of Madrid. In all there are about 25 lines EMT Madrid network and 55 lines inter city, between daytime and nighttime schedules. The aforemention parking has 400 places for cars. The bus exchange is layout with 3 levels, level -1 and -3 for buses , and level -2 for the metro lines such as 1,9,and 10.
You have the following acess to the Plaza Castilla transports
Castellana, pair numbers Pº Castellana, 189/216; Castellana, inpairs numbers Pº Castellana, 189 (next to the towers Kio); the bus interchange Pº Castellana (center), 189/216 (platforms); elevator/lift on Pº Castellana, 189/216 (central blvd), and the lobby entrance on Bravo Murillo, open from 6h to 21h40; Bravo Murillo C/Bravo Murillo, 377 lobby Castellana with escalators on working days from 6h to 13h50,weekends ,holidays and summer (june 6 to 29 sept).
Castellana Pza. de Castilla, 9 (front of monument Canal de Isabel II)
elevators/lifts Pza. de Castilla, 9 (corner with Pº Castellana, pairs numbers)
lobby Avenida de Asturias ,same entrance to metro and bus terminal underground
Exchange on Avda. de Asturias, s/n (central blvd).
Some of the buildings of interest surrounding this wonderful square are
the park Canal de Isabel II and a center of expositions and exhibits (last was the Star Wars presentation in figurines), and the tribunal of civil law one of the biggest in Madrid of this office.
The monument to Calvo Sotelo. It is here since 1960 raise in memory of the assassinated politician during the Spanish Civil War. It is near (on foot 5 mins) to the stadium Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid) ,Hospital La Paz, and the business park Cuatro Torres.
The building by the hospital were lodgings done for the workers of the public transport system EMT and popularly known as Los Nichos, with a particular architectural form.
I find it a bit odd creating this tip in the "off the beaten path" category. It is in one of the busiest areas in central Madrid and is physically part of the path inasmuch as it is a paving stone, as you can see in the image. So where and what is it? Well, it is on the South side of the Plaza Puerto del Sol just outside the building that houses the local Government office and Post Office, just beside the kerb. In the same way that Charing Cross in London serves the function for England, this is the point where all distances to and from Madrid are measured. As you can see, it is known as kilometre 0 and this stone replaced a rather tatty predecessor during a relatively recent refurbishment of the entire plaza.
Actually, unlike many capitals, Madrid is geographically very central and the true "centre" of the country is a mere 13 kilometres to the Sough in the suburb of Getafe so it is not too inaccurate.
You could easily walk straight over this and not even notice it, indeed I would have done had it not been pointed out to me which is why I am bringing it to your attention. Certainly, it is not the most exciting thing in this wonderful city but you may wish to have a quick look at it.
tower of Spain,or RTVE tower, its a huge 220 meters high and 232 meters high with antennas of TV Spain network sitting by the M30 ring road, and calle O'Donnell ,near parque fuente del bello
The tower was built in 1982, commemorating the FIFA World Cup celebrated in Spain that year, its not open to the public but just going by its park on calle alcalde sainz de baranda at the other extreme than Retiro park is nice walk and see the real Madrid.
It is known by locals as the Piruli or stick, and if you could climb it ,has 1208 steps! One of my old walks in Madrid
This is a different way to know the centre of Madrid, and much more fun than just walking or sightseeing from a bus.
SEgways are those electric transports in 2 wheels. You can hire them for 1, 2 or 3 hours. Yours include a 10 minutes training and then a guided tour in your language around the old Madrid (Barrio de las Letras, Plaza Mayor, Madrid de los Austrias, Palacio Real, Puerta del Sol).
It's incredebly easy and you get used to it even if you can't cycle or ski (though it helps if you do). In 10 minutes you can even do slaloms amongst the crowds in Madrid!
25 euros for 1 hour.
This beautiful building is one of Madrid's head of former insurance company. The Metropolis Building is an exquisite piece of architecture. The summit of building was originally crowned with phoenix but 1975 Metropolis bought the building and crested the apex with statue of victory in the place of the phoenix. The statue of victory – the roman goddess Victoria - was designed by Federico Valera.
at the corner of Calle Alcala and Gran Via
Of course this is building which is belong to Spanish telecommunications company. From the Edificio Grassy you can already see the tower of the Telefonica. The building is built between 1926 and 1929 and with 88 meters high building was one of the largest in Madrid. It is built in American style by Luis S. Weeks who is also American.
Address: Gran Via 28
A neighboorhood with small streets. artists and yuppie-people live here. the cobblestone streets are embellished with small fountains. at night the streets get overcrowed by partypeople. In malasan the msut see's are Plaza San Idlefonso wit its fountain. Iglesia de San Ildefonso, Iglesia de Sant Antonio and Iglesia de st Martin.
The best way to see Madrid is to start out in the Puerta del Sol, and just let the crowds determine where you end up. This is the Heart of Madrid. The first time I came here I decided not to seek out even one famous tourist atraction. I ended up at all the famous places, the Prado, the Retiro, Atocha, Charmartin, la Cibeles, etc. but without knowing it. Instead of buying a tourist guide the first day to find out where to go, I bought a tourist guide the morning I left and found out all the places I had been. From El Sol everything in Madrid is within walking distance. I fell so much in love with this city that I let my return ticket expire and stayed on for 4 months, sleeping on a park bench and ending up teaching English to a family of 5 in exchange for room and board. Best experience of my life.
There is the Mayoralty (Casa de la Villa) on Plaza de la Villa. Palacio Lujanes has been constructed in the XV century in the Arabian style. Palace Casa de Cisneros has been constructed in XVI century in the Renaissance style.
Yeah, I mentioned about my "lack of height" before. I am too short to take the pictures of this little colorful fruits between the leaves. But I have pictured and tasted them in my home city. So I can easily recommend them. But I am not sure picking up fruits at the streets is permitted or not.
Madroño is a wild fruit and has a strange taste. It is juicy, sweet (not too sweet!) and soft. We call it "kocayemis".
Whenever you have time, you should take this walk and shop and see whatever is on the way. Start at Puerta del Sol. Walk on Calle del Mayor. Visit Plaza Mayor. Then continue down Calle de Mayor. At the end, turn right and visit the Almudena Castle. After that, go see the Royal Palace. Take a rest at Plaza de Oriente in front of the Royal Palace. Go down Calle del Arenal and go back to Sol. There is excellent shopping on Calle del Mayor and Arenal. I would recommend this walk to everyone. You can shop and see a lot in this walk.
I think that walking "of the beaten path" trough Madrid it´s a must see activity... The truth is that almost all the tourist activities are so near that you can afford getting lost and have a great experience finding your way out to your next activity... Just try not to look very "touristic" and take care of your stuff... But really... trust me... walk and watch... There is something great in every corner.
The River Manzanares runs along Madrid. I wouldn't think that any tourist ever checks it out, as it is rather unimpressive, narrow and it's not in the center of the city. However, I recommend a walk along it just before dusk. The scenery is pretty and you can see the cathedral of Madrid in the distance, maybe even just as it is being lighted too. The neighborhood is very local lower-middle class. To get here get off the subway at "Principe Pio" station and walk along Paseo de la Florida until you can turn left, and there's the river. (Photo coming up)
Many other European capitals would had treasure a riverside such as the one that the Manzanares river provides to Madrid, as it has some of the most remarkable views that this city could offer. I'm sure that, under a different "management", this would have being a much more benign location, where local people and visitors could equally enjoy from the fantastic sunsets, the freshness of the presence of the river and the romantic environment that even the more mediocre riverside provide.
This is not the case with Madrid, as someone has the brilliant idea of putting M-30, the main circumvallation highway of the city right by the river, so instead of fancy cafes and couples walking by the sunset, what you get near Manzanares river is heavy traffic and loads of pollution. The situation might change, as the city council has promised to replace the M-30 fumes and cars by a subterranean tunnel.
Originally conceived as a convenient connection between the two hills of Madrid historic downtown, the viaduct of Segovia Street was quickly adopted by the local suicides as just the perfect place in where to accomplish their ultimate goals, so it was not at all uncommon to see people falling into the precipice of Segovia Street some decades ago. Luckily, the city council protected the viaduct with glass barrier, and thus making Segovia Street a much safer place for walking ;-)
The viaduct could be found as the prolongation of Bailen Street, near the Royal palace.