From our Madrid Apartments in the center of the city, located in the street Esparteros, you can use metro from the Puerta del Sol metro station to reach Cólon metro station where you can begin a nice tour of the Paseo de la Castellana.
The Paseo de la Castellana is one of the longest and widest avenues in Madrid. This avenue is a part of the city’s project to connect a large portion of the city and enable efficient transfer around the city. Having in mind that it stretches across a significant part of Madrid, the Paseo de la Castellana unites several districts of the city, such as Chamberí and Tetuán districts on the west and Salamanca and Chamartín districts on the east.
The avenue is often called La Castellana, and it is a part of north-south axis, together with Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado. The name of the avenue comes from an old fountain that used to be located the Plaza de Castilla. Between 1952 and 1981, one part of the avenue, stretching to the north, was named Avenida del Generalísimo.
Besides the fact that the avenue connects different parts of Madrid, it is the location of many financial and government institutions, embassies, offices, as well as the street that, highlights Madrid’s landmarks. Here are some of the buildings and landmarks you might come across as you walk down the Paseo de la Castellana.
Plaza de Colón
The Paseo de la Castellana starts at Plaza de Colón, a monument built in the honor of Christopher Columbus. This is a large square, which has two major monuments and gardens around the square. The first monument is Christopher Columbus’s monument, which is on the the Paseo de la Castellana. The statue of the famous explorer stands on the tall column. The second monument on the other side of the square represents a set of statues made from concrete blocks. There is also a fountain on the square, next to the column.
Puerta de Europa
Puerta de Europa or the Gate of Europe is a complex of twin buildings in Madrid. The buildings are 115 meters high, with 26 floors each, and they are built inclined by 15°, which made them the first inclined towers in the world at the time. The construction of the buildings was finished in 1996, with the Puerta de Europa becoming the second tallest twin towers in Spain. The towers were designed by American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, and they serve mainly as offices, with helicopter pads located at the top.
El Museo Arte Público de Madrid
Even though much famous Madrid’s museums are located in another avenue, Paseo del Prado, there is an important museum in the Paseo de la Castallana as well. The museum is located under the Enrique Mata Gorostizaga Bridge which connects Juan Bravo Street with Eduardo Dato Steet over the Paseo de la Castellana. Since the exhibits are actually displayed outside, this museum was originally named the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture.
The artworks are placed under the bridge, sometimes even hanging from the bridge structure, and most of the artworks are sculptures. The exhibition features seventeen works in total, with Mère Ubu by Joan Miró, La petite faucille by Julio González, and Unidades-Yunta by Pablo Serrano being some of the prominent exhibits.
Cuatro Torres Business Area
Famous business area of Madrid, containing four towers, thus named Cuatro Torres Business Area, is also located along the Paseo de la Castellana. This business complex consists of four towers, which were all finished by 2008. These four buildings, named Torre Espacio, Torre Bankia, Torre PwC and Torre Caja Madrid are in the group of the tallest buildings in Madrid, with Torre Bankia being the tallest in Spain, and the fourth tallest building in European Union.
The buildings in this complex reflect the influence of modern design in architecture and they add up to the contemporary look of the area, which is a large business area of the city, with offices, financial and government institutions being located inside the buildings.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a popular destination for a lot of tourists when visiting Madrid, not only for those interested in football, but for all of those who would like to visit the interior of the stadium that hosts some of the most prestigious sports competition, such as European Cup, UEFA Championship League, FIFA World Cup, etc.
It is the second largest stadium in Spain, after Camp Nou in Barcelona, with capacity of over 88,000 seats. The stadium was built in 1940s and it is home to the Real Madrid Club.
AZCA, short for Asociación Mixta de Compensación de la Manzana A de la Zona Comercial de la Castellana, is a financial district of Madrid. The construction of the district began in 1970s with the goal to create a district that will provide modern-looking offices and buildings. This project was a part of the expansion of the northern part of the city, with plans to supply district with great metro and railway connections, which will enables people to commute easily. Apart from the building complex, the original design planned to include a botanical garden, a library and an opera house, as parts of this modern complex, but this part of the project was never realized.
Torre Titania, housing the largest mall in Spain, and The Banco de Bilbao Tower, distinguished by its ocher color, are some of the notable buildings in the AZCA complex.
Los Nuevos Ministerios
Los Nuevos Ministerios is a government complex, which was designed by the project of architect Secundino Zuazo Ugalde. The construction of the complex was completed in 1942. Today the complex is the headquarters of the Ministry of Development, Employment and Social Security, as well as a part of the Ministry of Agriculture. The complex kept its original design, with large open areas between buildings, with plazas and fountains. The metro and bus station Nuevos Ministerios is in this area, connecting most of the city with this area, which makes things much easier for the people who work in this part of the city and have to commute to work every day.
Other Spanish ministries are also located in the Paseo de la Castellana, and those include Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Ministry of Economy and Finance. In addition, a large number of embassies are also found in this avenue, with British, Canadian, Australian and Netherlands embassy being some of them.
The Paseo de la Castellana is a great place for a long walk that will help you explore Madrid, and discover a lot about its culture and history. Apart from the business areas and buildings, there are a lot of residential areas along the avenue with Madrid apartments overlooking this amazing street.
Many parts of the avenue are adorned with the trees, so the shade is perfect for pedestrians to walk as they enjoy the landscape. Being so wide and spacious, the avenue is great pedestrian area so if you want to enjoy walking around Madrid, this is the place to go.
Besides showcasing the modern architecture and design in the newly constructed buildings and tower, the Paseo de la Castellana nurtures the long tradition of the city and its history through the old buildings and squares that are typical of Madrid.
Shopping in the Paseo de la Castellana
The Paseo de la Castellana also hides great shops and restaurants. One of the most famous is certainly ABC Serrano shopping mall. Apart from the luxurious and exclusive shops, the mall also has cafes, restaurants and a gym inside. The mall has eight floors, where you can discover fashion items, designer clothes, jewelers, home decor, as well as sportswear and equipment.
There is another shopping mall located in the Paseo de la Castellana, which is actually a part of AZCA complex. Centro Comercial Moda Shopping houses over 12,000 shops, as well as exhibitions halls that feature public events in the mall. The mall also has restaurants and cafes, banks, as well as auditorium and conference rooms for organizing events and business gatherings.
Being located in such prominent avenue, such as the Paseo de la Castellana, makes both of these shopping malls popular destinations in Madrid, with lots of visitors each day. Apart from the locals who frequently visit the malls in order to shop, eat out and generally spent time with friends and family, tourists also love visiting these shopping malls.
Restaurants in the Paseo de la Castellana
There are a lot of restaurants and places to eat out along the avenue, including the restaurants in the shopping malls. We will mention some of the most famous restaurants in this area, which could be excellent choice for you to have some rest from walking along the Paseo de la Castellana and enjoying the landscape of the modern city.
This is a wonderful place for gourmets who want to enjoy in the food made according to the traditional recipes. This restaurant is the first in Madrid to be awarded with a Michelin star, the international acknowledgement, a proof of excellence and quality. At this moment, the restaurant boosts with having earned three Michelin stars so far. A wide selection of dishes prepared with meat or fish, wine and desserts menu are full of finest dishes from the traditional Spanish cuisine.
After having some rest in Santceloni restaurant, the nearest Madrid’s landmark you can find in the vicinity is the National Museum of Natural History of Spain. Although not located in the Paseo de la Castellana, but instead in Calle de José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2, it would be quite convenient to visit this museum while you are in this area.
Si Señor, a restaurant and a bar, is famous for serving Mexican dishes prepared according to the traditional recipes, which will satisfy most guests. The restaurant offers a buffet between 13:30 and 16:00 every workday, which might be a perfect choice to have lunch, as the meals are available at lower prices than usual. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are reserved for international buffet, while on Tuesday and Thursday Mexican buffet is served. Dishes in the buffet are changed every day, and the buffet also includes drinks and desserts, which completes the experience.
Besides the buffet, you might be interested in trying out a special menu with combination of different meals, salads or tacos, accompanied by desserts, such as ice cream or cakes. Nachos, tacos and enchiladas, and guacamoles are also specialties on the menu.
The restaurant is near located near the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and Centro Comercial Moda Shopping.
Hard Rock Cafe, well-known for displaying the exquisite memorabilia collections from internationally famous artist, offers an enjoyable atmosphere in the restaurant in the center of Madrid. Located next to the Plaza de Colón, along the Paseo de la Castellana, this restaurant is quite popular among tourists, as well as among Madrileños, which is why it is advisable to make a reservation in advance, if you are planning on visiting during the peak time.
Besides serving American cuisine, for which the restaurant is known for, the restaurant also serves fajitas, salmon, shrimps, fiesta burger, etc. In addition, the restaurant organizes events, it offers the possibility of organizing parties and special events, and it also has the rock shop, which you can visit even if you are not about the visit the restaurant itself.
If you are up for international food, you might also like Tse Yang restaurant, which is considered to be the most luxurious Chinese restaurant in Madrid, Dionisos Castellana, a place that serves Greek cuisine, or MIYAMA, a Japanese restaurant.
On the other hand, if you want to simply have a cup of coffee and enjoy in the warm Madrid weather, visiting a cafe in the Paseo de la Castellana would be a perfect choice. Apart from the local cafes, such as or Sweets & Coffee cafeteria, you can also visit Starbucks Coffee, iconic Seattle-based and internationally famous chain of coffeehouses.
Walking through the Paseo de la Castellana is a perfect way to explore the city and discover some great new places in Madrid.