Madrid’s Barrios (Districts)

Moving to Madrid or spending a long time there but don’t know where’s what? Well here’s a start.. These are the “Barrios” or the area names in Madrid:

 

Sol and Centro

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The commercial, or most touristy area in Madrid is Sol. This area is home to many bars, restaurants, and hotels. The famous Gran Via street (shopping) is in Sol as well as Plaza Mayor (coffee & drinks).

La Latina

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One of my favorite areas, which is next door to Sol is La Latina. La Latina neighborhood is full of narrow little streets, great tapa bars and many spaniards enjoy their drinks there too. Usually, people start from Calle de la Cava Baja, finishing on Plaza de la Paja.

 

Paseo Del Prado & Retiro

Down the hill is Madrid’s greenest corner. Where Parque del Retiro is which is one of the biggest parks in Madrid.

Salamanca

Salamanca is where you’d want to live. Beautiful area where I was proud to call home. It is known to be the upmarket and Madrid’s home of old money.

Malasaña and Chueca

The two inner-city barrios with all the nightlife, shopping and outstanding eating options are. It is also known to be the heart of Madrid’s gay community. I absolutely enjoy walking, eating and shopping in Malasaña and Chueca.

Chamberi & Arguelles

Chamberi & Arguelles are another Barrios where you could consider to live in. They are both the residential barrios with a glimpse of Madrid away from the tourist crowds.

 

We have posted before in details about things to do in Madrid here as well as our restaurant recommendations here.

 

Generally about going to Madrid:

  • February:Five days of Spain’s best flamenco during the Festival Flamenco Caja Madrid
  • May: Two of Madrid’s biggest fiestas: Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and Fiesta de San Isidro.
  • Sept: Beautiful autumn weather.
  • Peak visit months: March, April, May, and October.

 

Cheers,

Hello965 Team

Best Beaches in Spain

Playa de Ses Illetes – FORMENTERA

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The island is surounded by crystal clear waters lapping the pink, coral-encrusted golden sand. Illetes beach is a superb place to swim, snorkel, chill out and relax.

 

Playa Arenales, ALICANTE

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This warm-water beach is a few kilometers from Elche (Alicante) or even the city of Alicante. Although Spaniards think it had lost its charm because of the overcrowded buildings that were built for tourists, it still remains until today one of the most popular beaches in these two cities for its sandy and clean and so warm waters. In the summer months its considered to be the warmest throughout the Alicante coast.  It’s also an area of ​​consistent waves, not high though not high.

Isla Canela, HUELVA

Isla Canela is a natural island joined by a bridge to Ayamonte (Huelva), a town with pure Andalusian charm, it has become a popular tourist destination for Spanish and Portuguese holidaymakers. It shares the charms of both Andalusia and the Algarve, and is set within an area of spectacular coastal scenery, with wide, sandy beaches, sand dunes and salt marshes.

Isla Canela is easily accessible from any part of Europe as there are two airports, Seville airport
(160 kms by motorway A-49 Huelva – Seville) and Faro airport in Portugal (50 kms crossing the international bridge that unites Spain and Portugal.

Playa de Bolonia – TARIFA

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Little paradise. Not busy at all, lovely white sand and you can see the coast of Morocco.

Playa de las Catedrales – RIBADEO

Beautiful, Make sure you visit at low tide! Beware though…it gets VERY busy.

La Concha Beach – SAN SEBASTIAN

The jewel of San Sebastian, La Concha beach, recently ranked in the top 15 beaches in Europe according to TripAdvisor. There is no doubt; the charm of this urban beach is unique in the world and something everyone would absolutely appreciate.

La Caleta beach – CADIZ

Flanked by two castles, beautiful water with perfect temperature, excellent public showers and bathrooms. And this is a urban beach, next to the center of Cadiz.

Cala de Sa Calobra – MAJORCA

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A very small beach with crystal clear waters, A MUST.

Cala de Algaiarens – MENORCA

On the north western side of Menorca Cala Algaiarens is between Cala Morell on the west and Cala Carbó on the eastern side. Cala Algaiarens is a large wide cove split into two medium sized golden sandy beaches known as Plaja des Bot on the eastern side and Platja es Tancats on the western side. Both beaches have calm protected sea and are shallow for quite a distance. It’s a popular cove with the locals and tourists alike.

Perfect for families and kids!

Costa Blanca – BENIDORM

Known in Costa Blanca Benidorm are Poiniente Beach and Levante beach, first being quieter.

Nerja – MALAGA

Often referred to as ‘The Jewel of the Costa del Sol’. Nerja is located 53 kilometres east of Málaga on the Costa del Sol and can be reached in about 40 minutes by car from Málaga airport or about an hour and a half by bus.

Cliff-edged Costa Brava

Costa Brava extends from Barcelona to the French border! There are so many beaches. Whatever kind of beach you love the Costa Brava has it all…

Long stretches of sandy beach (Roses, Empuriabrava, L’Estartit, Pals, Platja d’Aro, Lloret de Mar, Blanes…) perfect for a morning run with the dog, a long walk in the surf or watersports (like kitesurfing, windsurfing, water-skiing…)

Maybe you prefer romantic coves, that lie hidden and protected by pine groves that grow right down to the sea, the ones you stumble upon and have all to yourself (El Canadell, Cala Pedrosa, Cala El Golfet, Els Canyers…)

Or perhaps those fishing village beaches ( Sa Tuna, Tamariu, Llafranc, Calella Costa Brava…)

ENJOY!!!!!!!! xo

PS. Have you been somewhere you think is worth mentioning as one of the best beaches in Spain? Please share with us xx

Cheers,

Hello965 team

1-2 days in Tarifa, Andalucia, Spain

Tarifa is a small town in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, on the southernmost coast of Spain. Tarifa, is known to be the wind capital.

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When I was in Tarifa, I went for the day and spent the night in Cadiz. Tarifa, is known to be the surfers paradise. I can’t wait to go back to it, surfing ♥ Aside from that, the city is known for its Moroccan cuisine since its the last stop before Morocco. 

Looking Good Hotels: 

  • Hotel Hurricane
  • 100% Fun
  • A house in Tarifa: Casa Christina (4 bedrooms, sleeps 8) – ideal for families with children, groups, and couples.

Activities:

  • Windsurfing & kitesurfing
    • Hot Stick Kite School
    • Club Mistral
    • Spin Out
    • Tantrum Kitesurf
  • Diving
  • Horse riding
  • Whale watching

Things to See:

  • Old town
  • Puerta de Jerez
  • Castillo de Guzman
  • Playa Chica
  • Playa de los lances
  • Playa Bolonia

As I always recommend, walk around! There are some fabulous walks – if you are prepared to climb up high (not mountain climbing, just walking upwards!) you will have some breath-taking views of Africa.

Food:

  • Anca Curo
  • Bamboo
  • Mandragora
  • Cafe Azul Bar
  • La Oca De Sergio
  • La Tribou
  • Bar Frances
  • Delicatessen
  • Asador El Caseron

 

From Tarifa: 

  • Gibraltar

The fast-ferry leaves a number of times per day to Tangiers, and takes just over 35 minutes. As schedules change, you should yourself go to the harbour for the latest information.

 

  • Take a day to visit BOLONIA (entry is free to Europeans)

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Cheers

Hello965 Team