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
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).
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 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.
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.
Beautiful Madrid is Spain’s Capital.
To Be in Madrid Is to Feel at Home
Welcome home! Throughout the centuries, this melting pot of different cultures has welcomed wave after wave of migrants. Throughout the 20th century Madrid welcomed people from all over Spain; today it welcomes people from all over Europe and the rest of the world with open arms.
If you have just arrived, start thinking of yourself as a “madrileño”, it won’t take you more than a couple of hours to feel like you are one. Go for a stroll and put away your camera and map for a while. Walk around like one of the locals, pop into a bar and order something: soon you’ll find yourself talking to someone – it may well be someone who also came to Madrid for a couple of days and is still living here years later. That’s Madrid, a city for the people.
Let’s start off this post with the best parks and gardens in Madrid. If it’s summer, forget it and stay indoors!
- Parque del Retiro
- Casa De Campo – “The Casa de Campo is the largest urban park situated west of central Madrid,. It was formerly a royal hunting estate. Its area is more than 1,700 hectares”
- Parque del Oeste – One of my favorties. Huge, very calm and extremely nice for a relaxing walk or a picnic.
- Campo Del Moro
- Las Vistillas
- Alameda de Osuna –
El Capricho gardens
Out and About
It’s amazing that there can be so many people in so many places at ALL TIMES. they love being outside. The weather is wonderful (not when it’s boiling hot..) and there are places for everybody’s tastes. Madrid’s wide range of open spaces is one of the city’s main assets, and we love enjoying them to the maximum.
You don’t need a plan. Get out and take a walk, wandering the streets without a set destination. You will be surprised to see that there always seems to be something even more interesting on the next block. And you can walk everywhere; it is never very far from one place to the next. Around the next corner you will probably find a place that will become one of your favorite little haunts.
It is very easy also to use the metro if you’re not a big fan of walking long distances; Download the Madrid Metro application for both iPhoners and Androids (Available in English), and just follow the lines. You could also use Google maps to direct you with metro lines uses. If you’re staying for a long stay, get the 10 passes metro ticket, otherwise 1 way ticket should suffice.
- Madrid Shop: The Plaza Mayor Tourist Center sells items related to the city under the brand ¡Madrid!.
EL RASTRO FLEA MARKET: Every Sunday
- CALLE DE SERRANO (SALAMANCA DISTRICT)
- CALLE JORGE JUAN
- Gran Via
- Chueca District
- ELCORTE INGLES
- FUENCARRAL Market
- Calle Ortega y Gasset
- Puerta Del Sol
- Calle Goya
- Paseo Real (where The Royal Palace of Madrid is, very nice area to walk around))
- Bernabeu Stadium
- Puerta de El Cala
- Plaza Colon
- Plaza Santa Ana (very nice plaza with restaurants and cafes outdoors)
- Plaza Mayor (same, plaza with restaurants and cafes outdoor, must go)
- Templo De Debod
- Hop on hop off bus will take you to whatever you need to see.