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5 Streets in Madrid with Surprising Names

27 de July de 2018 

As a tourist, you'll find lots of cool things about Madrid. With lots of charming places, interesting places to visit, and popular landmarks, you’ll learn something new about Madrid every step of the way. Here are some surprising names of Madrid's streets


As a tourist, you'll find lots of cool things about Madrid. With lots of charming places, interesting places to visit, and popular landmarks, you’ll learn something new about Madrid every step of the way. Here are some surprising names of Madrid's streets.

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  • Rompelanzas Street - Calle de Rompelanzas

The Rompelanzas Street is known as the shortest street in Madrid with the longitude of only 20 meters. The Rompelanzas links to the Street Carmen con Preciados.  It's believed that, during the 16th century, it was used as a shortcut by chivalry. Due to its narrowness, carriages lost their lances very often here which probably was the reason why the street got this name – Rompe (break) lanzas (lances).  On the other hand, the longest street in Madrid, which is more than 10 kilometers long, is named The Street of Alcalá.

  • Salsipuedes Street – Calle Salsipuedes

The street is located in the suburb called Villaverde. There's no noted history of the name of this Street, but its translation tells us a lot: sal-si-puedes in Spanish literally means go out if you can. It probably has to do with its location and the difficulties to ascend it. There are streets with the same name in Jaen, Pamplona and Oviedo.

  • Volver a empezar Street – Calle de Volver a Empezar

Named after a movie Volver a Empezar (1982), the street represents an homage to José Luis Garci, a famous film director from the south of Madrid. The movie Volver a Empezar (Begin Again) got the Oscar in 1983 for the foreign language film. Near to this street, Madrid shows respect to another great filmmaker, Luis Buñuel with Viridiana from 1961.

  • La Cabeza Street - Calle de la Cabeza

The history of the street tells us about a boy from Portugal who decapitated a priest to whom he served. He escaped but years after this happened, he returned to Madrid. The legend has it that he was eventually imprisoned and sentenced to death.

  • La Pasa Street - La calle de La Pasa

There was a saying centuries ago in Madrid - “quien no pasa por la calle de la Pasa, no se casa”- which means: the one cannot get married unless he passes through the La Pasa Street. And there was a good reason: the archbishopric was located in this street of Madrid de Asturias and anyone who wanted to get married had to go there. The street is close to the Calle Mayor (Main Street) and nowadays, it is the place where many cardinals and archbishops live.

As you explore the streets of Madrid, don't forget to pay attention to their names, as these can tell you a lot about the city history, and you never know when an interesting legend or story hides behind such a name.

 

 

 


Last update 30/07/2018 9:32:26


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