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The history of Calle de Serrano


Stretching two kilometres across Madrid, Calle de Serrano is one of the city’s most prestigious shopping streets, lined with the best in boutiques, bars and restaurants. Famous since it received its name in 1868, we take a look at the development of the street known as the ‘Golden Mile’

Dominique Fenn
Dominique Fenn ,

Sometimes nicknamed the ‘Milla de Oro’ or ‘Golden Mile’, Calle de Serrano in Madrid is a two-kilometre-long stretch of elegant buildings, prestigious Spanish and international fashion stores and a diverse choice of bars and restaurants. The tree-lined street was given its name following the Spanish Revolution in 1868, when military leader Francisco Serrano y Dominguez lived there in a hotel. The area is now semi-pedestrianised following a huge regeneration in 2011, which saw €106m invested to provide wider pavements, cycle lanes and more than 3,000 underground parking spaces, making it perfect for leisurely walks and window shopping along the way. It remains incredibly popular and is undeniably one of the most luxurious avenues in Spain’s capital.

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