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Madrid's 'Golden Mile'

Give your gold card a workout (or just window-shop).

The district of Salamanca in central Madrid is famous for being one of the capital's (and the entire country's) most chic, and the concentration of upmarket shopping here has been dubbed the 'Milla de Oro' (Golden Mile), including streets such as Ortega y Gasset, Claudio Coello, Serrano, and Velázquez, along with Lagasca, Ramón de la Cruz, and Juan Bravo. This is where you'll find all the most prestigious national and international designers and brands, and where shiny gold and platinum credit cards are the order of the day. Not just fashion, but bling, as well - you will be astonished by some of the rocks in these jewellery-shop windows. In addition to individual shops, there are also a couple of luxury shopping centres, ABC Serrano and Jardín de Serrano. There are also, of course, plenty of restaurants for a snack or a drink along the way. Even if retail therapy here is a bit overly posh for your purse, the Golden Mile is still quite an experience from the sightseeing point of view. Metro stops: Colón, Velázquez, Serrano, Goya, Príncipe de Vergara, and Núñez de Balboa.

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