Oh, it’s such a perfect day, I am glad I spent it with you, said Lou Reed in one of his most famous songs. Why not achieve that feeling of fulfillment on any given day on the Gran Vía in Madrid? The Gran Vía is the great artery in Madrid close to Hotel Sterling and here are some recommendations, for the second stretch of this avenue that was previously known as Avenida Pi y Margall.
We start at Red de San Luis, a place that has this name since it used to be the confluence spot of various streets and tram stops back in the day. Today, it is quieter thanks to the pedestrianisation of Calle Montera. At its feet, the impressive Telefónica building, one of the tallest buildings in Europe back in the day (1929). On its ground floor is the Telefónica Foundation, which holds exhibitions of interest such as Arissa. The shadow and the photographer, 1922-1936, which can be seen until September 28th; or Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Geometrical abstraction, which poses curious visual and poetic challenges to the visitor until the 12th of October. Both have free entries.