Recoletos Neighbourhood

Within the Salamanca Neighbourhood , we find the selective neighbourhood of Recoletos, which runs along the Paseo Recoletos.
The Paseo de Recoletos is a wide boulevard about 600 meters long, starting at the Plaza de Cibeles and ending at the Plaza de Colón, and is part of the main axis of Madrid that runs from south to north, between the Paseo del Prado and the Paseo de la Castellana.
Both the promenade and the street take their name from the disappeared convent of Recollects of San Agustin, which was located on the site occupied today by the palace of the Marquis of Salamanca, built in 1855 by the architect Narciso Pascual y Colomer, one of the most beautiful palaces of its time, and now a building of BBVA.
Along the Paseo, we can delight ourselves with monuments and sculptures of renown artists and, among the outstanding buildings we can find the historic Café Gijón, inaugurated in 1888. This was a place of literary gatherings during the twentieth century and even today it is a meeting point for writers. For sure a good place to enjoy your lunch.