Madrid – walking along Calle de Alcalá

by Karisa

I did a lot of walking in Madrid.  But my favourite walk by far was the one starting from Puerta del Sol, along the Calle de Alcalá, known to be Madrid’s longest street as well as one of the oldest.

The street is lined with beautiful historical buildings, museums and art galleries.  It also passes the Plaza de Cibeles, home of the impressive Cibeles Palace (previously the headquarters of the postal service & today Madrid’s City Hall) along with the Cibeles fountain and the beautiful Banco de España building.

Further along it also passes through the Plaza de la Independencia which houses the Puerta de Alcalá – kinda like Madrid’s Arc de Triomphe – a structure which was built back in the 18th century as the former gateway into the city.

It’s a truly beautiful street and a truly incredible walk, so let’s look at some piccies:

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It also connects with Gran Via – Madrid’s famous shopping street (but we’ll cover that one separately, promise)

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Banco de España – side view


Cibeles Palace




Cibeles fountain & Banco de España (front view)


Plaza de la Independencia


Puerta de Alcalá

As far as sightseeing goes, if you have limited time in this city, I highly recommend you hit this street, even if that’s the only thing you get to do.  It’s got such a magical feel to it and it gives you a great summary of Madrid’s history.

I loved every step…


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