Centro

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Centro

Centro

Starting at the famous Puerta del Sol and heading either north to the Gran Vía or east to the Plaza de Cibeles, the centre of Madrid hums with people at all hours of the day and night. The enormous Puerta del Sol is at the very heart of the capital, and has been used as the city´s traditional meeting spot for both locals and visitors alike for centuries. The busy streets that radiate out from Sol´s centre are all the beginnings of the roads that will eventually lead you to Spain´s other major cities – each of the country´s six national roads has its humble origins at Kilometre Cero, right in front of the Casa de Correos clock tower. Sol is also home to the statue of the Bear and the Berry Tree, the official emblem of Madrid, and normally surrounded by tourists trying to take photographs. The centre is packed with shops and services, including the large Spanish department store El Corte Inglés and a wide selection of both Spanish and international brands including Zara, Mango and H&M. The pedestrianised streets of Preciados and Carmen head north towards the wide Gran Vía Avenue and are excellent options for those looking to do some serious shopping during their stay. Heading east down the calle de Alcalá brings you past one of Madrid´s oldest cultural and art centres, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, where you can enjoy a film or art exhibition, or simple grab a coffee in the extraordinarily beautiful café and restaurant. The nearby Plaza de Cibeles is home to both the impressive Palacio de las Telecomunicaciones and the elegant Bank of Spain. The capital´s irrepressible and contagious energy starts here – so take a deep breath, dive in and see what Madrid is all about.