Attractions

Street in Malasaña & Chueca

Gran Vía

It’s difficult to imagine Madrid without Gran Vía, the grand boulevard lined with towering belle-époque facades that climbs up through the centre of Madrid from Plaza de España then down to Calle de Alcalá. But it h…
Museum in Malasaña & Chueca

Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo

This rich collection of modern Spanish art includes mostly paintings and graphic art with a smattering of photography, sculpture and drawings. Highlights include Eduardo Arroyo and Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza. Runn…
Architecture in Malasaña & Chueca

Sociedad General de Autores y Editores

This swirling, melting wedding cake of a building is as close as Madrid comes to the work of Antoni Gaudí, which so illuminates Barcelona. It’s a joyously self-indulgent ode to Modernisme (an architectural and artis…
Museum in Malasaña & Chueca

Museo de Historia

The fine Museo de Historia (formerly the Museo Municipal) has an elaborate and restored baroque entrance, raised in 1721 by Pedro de Ribera. Behind this facade, the collection is dominated by paintings and other mem…
Notable Building in Malasaña & Chueca

Antiguo Cuartel del Conde Duque

This grand former barracks dominates Conde Duque on Malasaña's western fringe with its imposing facade stretching 228m down the hill. Built in 1717 under the auspices of architect Pedro de Ribera, its highlight is t…
Museum in Malasaña & Chueca

Museo del Romanticismo

This intriguing museum is devoted to the Romantic period of the 19th century. It houses a minor treasure trove of mostly 19th-century paintings, furniture, porcelain, books, photos and other bits and bobs from a byg…
Museum in Malasaña & Chueca

Museo de Cera

This wax museum, with more than 450 characters, is a fairly standard version of the genre. Models range from the Beatles to Bart Simpson, and from Cristiano Ronaldo to Cervantes, Dalí and Picasso – it’s a typically …
Notable Building in Malasaña & Chueca

Telefónica Building

Dominating the skyline about one-third of the way along Gran Vía is the 1920s-era Telefónica building, which was for years the highest building in the city. During the civil war, when Madrid was besieged by Franco’s…
Notable Building in Malasaña & Chueca

Palacio Buenavista

Set back amid gardens on the northwest edge of Plaza de la Cibeles stands the Palacio Buenavista, now occupied by the army (and not open to the public). It once belonged to the Alba family, and the young Duchess of …
Architecture in Malasaña & Chueca

Casa de las Siete Chimeneas

A block northwest of the Plaza de la Cibeles is the Casa de las Siete Chimeneas, a 16th-century mansion that takes its name from the seven chimneys it still boasts. They say that the ghost of one of Felipe II’s love…