Beyond its museums and monuments, Madrid houses places full of charm, and one of them is the Chamberí district. It is one of the most traditional and elegant areas of the Spanish capital. In addition, it has a good number of attractions that we are going to show you. Do you want to go with us?
Chamberí, castizo and aristocratic
Chamberí is made up of 6 neighborhoods: Almagro, Ríos Rosas, Vallehermoso, Gaztambide, Arapiles and Trafalgar. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this was one of the areas chosen by the aristocracy to reside. In fact, it still retains a certain stately air.Chamberí Street - Jose Javier Martin Espartosa / Flickr.com
A district that still retains dozens of modernist, neo-Gothic and neo-Mudejar buildings. Some are declared a National Monument, among them the Maudes Hospital, the International Institute or the Convent of the Royal Sales.
Y we want to tell you a curiosity about his name. It is because during the War of Independence a French detachment from the French city of Chambery was established here.
«Madrid, that there is no villa, as the golden sun and the sea bathes more pleasant, beautiful and timely.»
-Lope de Vega-
What to see and what to do in Chamberí
Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful and lively areas of Madrid. Therefore it is worth taking a day (or a morning, depending on the time we have) to tour Chamberí. These are its some of its main attractions:
1. Chamberí metro stationFormer Chamberí station - Jose Luis RDS
It is known as "the ghost station", since the trains pass by without stopping. It was part of line 1, the first Spanish subway line. When it was inaugurated, in 1919, it connected Sol with Cuatro Caminos, today it is much longer.
This station is currently a museum and it's a good way to know what a subway station was like in the past. The station closed in 1969 and is now a prominent historical place in the district.
2. Geominero MuseumGeominero Museum - Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr.com
It houses an excellent collection of rocks, fossils and minerals from all regions of Spain and several colonial territories. The building was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1927. It organizes educational workshops and in its main hall you can see the showcases of carved wood and a spectacular overhead window.
3. Olavide SquareOlvaide Square - mallol / Flickr.com
It is in the Trafalgar neighborhood and is full of terraces, a place that is why it is perfect for relaxing to enjoy something fresh, accompanied by tapas. Pedestrian, with great atmosphere and many trees, Olavide Square is a small oasis in the center of Madrid.
4. Theaters of the Canal
In the Cea Bermúdez street is this 35000 m² complex dedicated to the performing art. The building has won the National Architecture Award and its hall hosts all kinds of works: modern pieces, classical texts, circus, cabaret, zarzuela, opera, dance and flamenco.
5. Chamberí SquareChamberí Square - Alejandro Castro / Flickr.com
It is another of the green spaces that you can not miss in this area, exactly between Santa Engracia street and the Paseo de Eduardo Dato. It was landscaped in 1877 and a few years later the Convent of the Servants of Mary was inaugurated on one of the edges. Under this square the subway passes and we find the old Chamberí station.
6. Zurbano StreetHotel Santo Mauro -Zaqarbal / commons.wikimedia.org
It runs parallel to the Paseo de la Castellana and It is full of beautiful mansions and charming buildings. Tree-lined and single-lane, in the Zurbano street the typical neighborhood shops and stately homes of the city coexist Belle Epoque, cLike the palace of Santo Mauro, today a luxury hotel.
In this street we can also find the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Palace of the Marquis of Casa Riera (where Fabiola of Belgium was born in 1928), the Swedish Embassy, the Church of San Fermín de los Navarros and the Palace of the Marquis de la Oliva.
7. Sorolla MuseumSorolla Museum - Rosa G. / Flickr.com
It is the jewel of Zurbano street, so it deserves a special section. This museum is located in the house where the painter lived with his family since 1910. Sorolla's widow donated all the artist's assets to the Spanish State.
Here you can contemplate many of the objects he gathered in his life: paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, old photographs, popular jewelry and much more. In addition, it has a garden that is an oasis of peace and nature.