The Spanish capital has a lot to offer. Leisure, culture and fun go hand in hand in an open city, full of life and very diverse. Y diversity is also checked when staying in Madrid. From very cheap hostels to luxury hotels, from quiet areas to lively ones at any time. The capital offers everything you can look for.
Staying in Madrid, areas for all tastes
Of course, The downtown area is the most recommended to stay in Madrid if you are only going to be a weekend, since you will have everything at a step. However, there are other neighborhoods that may be interesting during your stay, and do not forget that Madrid has a magnificent public transport system.
1. Barrio de las LetrasBarrio de las Letras - commons.wikimedia.org
From this neighborhood you can do many walking tours and arrive in a few minutes to the main tourist attractions of the city. You will have very close the emblematic Puerta del Sol, with its Km 0, the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree or the well-known clock that marks the year-end bells.
It is an area more expensive than others, although you will save time and money in transportation. Further, It is one of the great leisure areas of the capital, especially its Huertas street or the outskirts of the Plaza de Santa Ana.
But also you will be near commercial arteries such as Preciados or Gran Vía and the so-called Golden Triangle, formed by the Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía.
2. SalamancaGoya Street - Patrick Dobeson / flickr.com
For shopping lovers this is the best option to stay in Madrid. It is one of the most elegant and expensive neighborhoods in Spain in terms of property purchase. It is the "Golden Mile", a very important commercial area between Serrano, Ortega and Gasset and Claudio Coello streets.
This neighborhood has traditionally been that of the Madrid bourgeoisie, and therefore you will see some mansions, such as Saldaña, Escoriaza or the Marquises of Amboage. In spite of its aristocratic past, here you can find all kinds of accommodation and in the subway you will immediately arrive anywhere.
3. Madrid of AsturiasTapas bars - Catarina Belova
This is the oldest area of the capital of Spain, the "Madrid de los Austrias". It is next to the Puerta del Sol and close to great attractions such as the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Almudena Cathedral, the Plaza de la Villa or the San Miguel market.
If you want to go shopping or watch a show, the Gran Vía is nearby. And if you are looking for fun, This is a very lively area by day and also by night, especially in the part of the Cava Baja.
«Madrid is home to everyone, because in their small world they are children of equal natural and foreign love.»
-Calderón de la Barca-
4. WithdrawalRetiro Park - Leonid Andronov
You can find some tranquility without getting too far from the center if you stay in this neighborhood, where is the famous park (the green lung of Madrid). It is an area of middle and upper class that in recent years has undergone great growth due to tourism.
In addition to the wonderful Retiro Park, nearby you will have the Prado Museum and the Thyssen, the Puerta de Alcalá, the Cibeles fountain and the Botanical Garden. Without a doubt, a neighborhood of undeniable cultural and natural interest.
5. ChamartínPaseo de la Castellana - Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com
Another neighborhood you can choose to stay in Madrid, although It is somewhat further from the center than the previous ones. In fact, until 1948 it was a town independent of the capital.
If you like football, it's perfect because here is the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. It is a modern neighborhood, with many offices and an incessant activity. In 15 minutes, by train or subway, you will be at Puerta del Sol.
6. Chueca and MalasañaChueca, Madrid - Ted Eytan / Flickr.com
Located north of Gran Vía, Chueca neighborhood is well known for its gay atmosphere. A 15 minute walk from Puerta del Sol, it is full of restaurants, bars and an interesting nightlife.
Malasaña is a bohemian, traditional, artistic and alternative neighborhood, ideal for drinks. And it is also close to the city center.
Chamberí It is an elegant, quiet and more residential than tourist district, although very well connected with the historic center of Madrid, you can even walk if you feel like walking. Surely you love its buildings and the tranquility of its streets.