Spain´s prettiest streets

by Lorraine Williamson

Spain’s official tourist board highlights the most-loved and prettiest streets in Spain. From the modern to the traditional, each street reflects a different element of Spanish culture.

Let’s take a look at Spain´s nicest and prettiest streets as described by Turespaña.

Cordoba – Calleja de Las Flores

If you’re lucky enough to be in Spain right now, it is perfect timing to see one of the prettiest streets in Córdoba. Draped with flowers and with views the tower rising in the distance, it is picture perfect.  

Granada – Carrera del Darro

The Carrera del Darro is one of the oldest streets in Granada. It is also one of the busiest due to its beauty and historical importance.  

Madrid – Gran Vía  

Gran Vía leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España. It is sometimes referred to as Spanish Broadway due to the number of theatres along its length.  

Salamanca – Calle de la Compañía

Calle de la Compañía de Salamanca is a pedestrian street located in the historic centre of the city. Its name comes from the Society of Jesus, which in the 17th century settled in the Colegio del Espíritu Santo located on that street.  

Zamora – Calle Balborraz

Calle Balborraz gave direct access to the city centre for travellers who crossed the Douro River by the Stone Bridge. As a result, many merchants and artisans set up there. A flat section ends at a bend followed by a steep slope which leads pedestrians to the Plaza Mayor.  

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Santiago de Compostela – Rúa do Franco  

Rúa do Franco is the old town´s gastronomic street. Its restaurants continue the tradition of the medieval innkeepers who catered for pilgrims (Franks, a term used to denote any pilgrim from beyond the Pyrenees), after whom the street is called.  

Seville – Calle Betis  

Calle Betis runs parallel to the course of the Guadalquivir river, opposite the city’s historic quarter. A high wall raises the street above the river. Furthermore, all the buildings are painted different colours creating one of the city’s hallmarks.    

Tenerife – Calle San Agustín, San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Calle San Agustín, formerly Calle Real, is in the historic centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands). Moreover, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1999.  

Barcelona – Passeig de Gràcia

One of Barcelona’s most important shopping and business areas, it also contains celebrated pieces of architecture. Passeig de Gracia is located in the central part of Eixample. It stretches from Plaça Catalunya to Carrer Gran de Gràcia, and is regarded as the most expensive street in Barcelona and in Spain.  

Palma de Mallorca – Passeig del Born

Nicknamed the Golden Mile due to the number of designer stores along its length. The elegant avenue is beautifully shaded in the summer months by the many trees. Restaurants and bars, or the stone benches offer great areas for people watching.  

Toledo – Calle del Ángel  

With its high walls, the street is shaded all year round. At the end of Calle del Ángel, is the horseshoe arch known as Arquillo del Judío. The street also links the old Jewish Quarter to the town.  

Malaga – Calle de Marqués de Larios

Sparkling in the winter months with Christmas lights, however Calle Larios is a joy all year round. The wide pedestrianised street leads to the Plaza de la Constitución.  It is lined with elegant buildings which house the main high street shops.  

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