• CountrySpain
  • Capital cityMadrid
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Central Madrid is a unique place to have all kinds of experiences. Brimming with life and energy, the heart of Madrid beats for the whole city, boisterous, lovely and welcoming. Gran Vía, Callao, Puerta del Sol, Malasaña-Tribunal, the Literary Quarter, Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo del Prado… Madrid is a city where party-going never ends.

 

Major districts in central Madrid:

  • Habsburg Madrid: One of Madrid’s most elegant and majestic districts, the quarter associated with the Habsburg dynasty features remarkable architectural landmarks, and alleys, squares and gardens where history breathes and speaks. This district, where you can reach the quintessence of the old city, is home to some of Madrid’s icons: the Royal Palace, the Sabatini Gardens, the Almudena Cathedral, and some of the most charming alleyways.
  • Literary Quarter: Also known as ‘Huertas’ or ‘Las Cortes’ after Huertas Street and the Spanish Parliament (Cortes Generales), the Literary Quarter is the perfect place to go tapas in Madrid. It spans Gran Vía, Cibeles and the so-called ‘Art Triangle’ – Reina Sofía, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Prado Museums –, just next to La Latina and Lavapiés. It is the ideal area for a nice stroll too.
  • Sol: The starting point of all Spanish roads and a symbol of New Year, Sol is like Times Square for Madrid. It is a meeting point for locals and out-of-towners alike, and the nerve centre of the city. Connected by underground to most points in the city, it makes the perfect place to explore central Madrid.
  • Chueca: The streets in this district adjoining Gran Vía ooze glamour, taste, fashion and the avant-garde. The main thoroughfare is the popular Fuencarral Street. Home to a large LGBT community, Chueca is perfect to go shopping, have an evening drink or take a morning walk.
  • La Latina: Another lively, interesting district in central Madrid, La Latina is where Madrileños meet for vermouth or an aperitif in the morning, or for tapas, a glass of wine and fun at any time of day, any day of the week. It is a breeding ground for modern styles and home to the most genuine local cuisine. For a real experience of the Spanish capital, La Latina is the place to go.
  • Barrio de Salamanca: Next to the Literary Quarter, El Retiro Park and the Art Triangle, Salamanca is one of the poshest and quietest districts in central Madrid. It is the perfect choice for a Sunday morning walk, shopping in exclusive boutiques or a picnic in town. The most popular streets are Serrano, Goya and Paseo de Recoletos, while the district’s ‘belly button’ is in Plaza Colón.

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