Gran Via is the high street of Madrid where you find international shopping chain brands, watch a broadway show such as the Lion King.
Cortes district is an excellent location to stay at a budget hotel/hostal or dine at more affordable city centre sit-in restaurants.
Plaza Puerta del Sol
Madrid's famous central square is very crowded. There are several historical statues in this area.
Plaza de España
At Plaza de Espana, there is a beautiful, relaxing park to simply sit down and admire the statue and fountain dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra