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
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.
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.