Azca is the financial heart of the city of Madrid. In this quadrangle of streets at the back of the Paseo de la Castellana, we find buildings and skyscrapers but also a network of shopping areas, department stores and many restaurants with national and international food.
On weekends this area also becomes an area for leisure and nightlife, since there are various night clubs and discos located in the lower floors of the Azca complex and in the area of the calle Orense.
Calle Orense, in the western area of the Paseo de la Castellana, is one of the most important commercial streets in the city of Madrid. Here, we may find establishments of the main national and foreign fashion chains, as well as countless small shops dedicated to the sale of the most varied products.
The Nuevos Ministerios interchange station is one of the most important communication nodes in the city of Madrid. From here, line 8 of the metro connects the capital with the Adolfo Suarez – Madrid Barajas Airport. In addition, along the Paseo de la Castellana there are several bus lines that connect the city from north to south.
The Azca complex is the economic-financial heart of the city, and was finished in the 90s inspired by projects from other large world cities. At lunchtime, the area offers a wide range of restaurants and cafes with different style and special menus at midday at affordable prices. In addition, in this area there is an interesting proposal of shopping centres, with numerous shops and establishment of all kinds.
The current Paseo de la Castellana is placed in a road that used to crossed the city of Madrid from North to South in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and has received several names throughout history. Its current layout starting from the Plaza de Colón, dates from the nineteenth century. In the first section of this road, the palatial remains may still be found in what once characterized this area of the city. Embassies, ministerial offices and international houses of culture are located in the street on what is popularly known as ‘La Castellana’.
At the height of the bridge that joins the streets of Juan Bravo and Eduardo Dato is the Public Art Museum, formerly known as the Outdoor Sculpture Museum. It was inaugurated in the early years of the 70s with the idea of bringing modern art to citizens. Here we can find about twenty sculpture by great artists such as Joan Miró, Pablo Serrano and Eduardo Chillida, among others.The financial heart of Madrid beats in an area surrounded by skyscrapers, shopping areas and restaurants.
The Paseo de la Castellana ends on its northern slope with the Cuatro Torres Business Area, a business park built on the grounds of the former Ciudad Deportiva del Real Madrid. There are four skyscrapers that are the tallest buildings in Madrid and Spain: these are the Crystal Towers, the tallest with 249 meters high, the Cepsa Tower, the PwC Tower and the Espacio Tower, where the tallest restaurant in the city is located.