Madrid’s street signs are probably the most artistic, elaborated and colorful of all street signs in a capital city in Europe (if not in the world!). At least those street signs in the older part of the city boast customized tile designs (you could also call it “paintings”) referring to that street’s particular origin or name that amaze you as a first-time visitor.

Other than obvious highlights like Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Santa Ana, Gran Vía, or the most gruesomely explicit street sign worldwide as far as we know –Calle de la Cabeza–, this collection happens to host the longest and the shortest of the approximate 9,000 streets (and squares) that make the capital of Spain. Both of them by their own merit beyond their length: Calle Alcalá, that stretches 6,5 miles from end to end, is intrinsically linked to the city’s history. And the shortest of them all, barely 55 feet long, has a highly paradoxical name: Calle de Madrid (“Madrid Street”). We doubt any other town on Earth –let alone a city with several million inhabitants– thought of having its tiniest alley bearing the name that represents it all… ¡Bienvenido a Madrid!

■ Calle de Alcalá ■ Calle de Atocha
■ Calle de Cervantes ■ Calle de Embajadores
■ Calle de la Bolsa ■ Calle de la Cabeza
■ Calle de la Lechuga ■ Calle de la Magdalena
■ Calle de la Montera ■ Calle de la Paz
■ Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores ■ Calle de las Huertas
■ Calle de los Mancebos ■ Calle de Madrid
■ Calle de Preciados ■ Calle de Toledo
■ Calle del Carnero ■ Calle del Correo
■ Calle del Oso ■ Calle del Prado
■ Calle Mayor ■ Calle Mesón de Paredes
■ Cava Baja ■ Gran Vía
■ Plaza de Cascorro ■ Plaza de Isabel II
■ Plaza de la Cebada ■ Plaza de Lavapiés
■ Plaza de Santa Ana ■ Plaza Tirso de Molina
■ Puerta del Sol ■ Travesí­a del Nuncio