The neighborhoods, i districts of Madrid, they are the soul of the Spanish capital, small worlds close to each other but each with its own physiognomy and personality.
To orient yourself, keep in mind that the Madrid center it develops around Puerta del Sol, the largest square in the Spanish capital, which is joined by some of the main city arteries such as Calle Mayor, Arenal, Alcalá or Preciados. It can be said that the Sol area is the center of the center of Madrid!
Around Sol are the others central districts of Madrid: Austrias, Letras, Paseo del Arte, Chueca, Malasaña, Lavapiés and La Latina and around these there are the other districts of Madrid, much larger but generally less interesting for tourists.
The districts of Madrid to visit
The tourist heart of Madrid, where the main tourist attractions are concentrated, is enclosed between the Gran Vía (which marks the border between Sol and Chueca), Salt, Habsburgs, Opera e Art Walk.
These are the most elegant areas of the city, where the most prestigious museums and the most sumptuous palaces are concentrated: the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Royal Palace, the Teatro Real ...
A completely different atmosphere in La Latina and Lavapiés, the two popular districts in the center of Madrid. Forget the broad avenues of the tourist areas, these two neighborhoods : - in particular La Latina - are a maze of narrow and winding streets. Colorful and picturesque, they are perfect for experiencing a more authentic Madrid, shopping in the markets and having lunch on a budget.
Between two, La Latin it is considered the historic district of Madrid, which preserves its traditional soul: for a snack based on tapas and cerveza like real Madrid people, no scam for tourists, its tiny taverns are the perfect place! Lavapies instead it is the ethnic neighborhood of Madrid, where you can taste recipes from all over the world.
For nightlife we recommend the two lively districts of Chueca e Malasaña: il the first is the gay district of Madrid, full of trendy clubs, while the second is the alternative district, where underground clubs and bars with indie / rock, punk and pop music prevail.
The younger ones can raid too Princess, an area frequented mainly by students, with many clubs at cheap prices and a nightlife oriented to the twenties, while for a higher age group and a more well-stocked wallet the right area is Salamanca, where the chic clubs of the city are concentrated.
Castellana is the financial axis of Madrid, the area where the offices of large international companies, embassies and ministries are located and also one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city: the mythical Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid.