Nowadays Madrid, Spain is one of Europe’s most vivacious and dynamic cities. Thousands of people walk up and down its busy streets, have dinner at great restaurants, visit its amazing museums or just have a beer in a terraza. The city has many traditional and modern neighborhoods, each of them offering its visitors different kinds of activities and sights according to their interests. There is everything for everyone.
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If you are looking for sophistication, Salamanca is where you should be. This elegant neighborhood is one of the most fashionable areas to live in Madrid. All designer labels and top brands have a shop here. You can also find elegant restaurants as well as chic bars and clubs to dance the night away and spot some celebrities at the same time.
Sol and Gran Via – Gran Via is one of the city’s most lively strips with people walking around 24/7. Theaters, shops, restaurants; everything is here. SOL is usually full of tourists and performers. Walk a few blocks up because you can’t leave Madrid without your picture taken at Plaza Mayor, just a few streets away. The popular Calle Huertas is also near, where you can grab some dinner and do some bar hopping.
Chueca is Madrid’s gay neighborhood. It was reformed some years ago and right now it has become a very fashionable place. The central plaza offers a great variety of very chic little cafes and shops, also nice restaurants and bars. The gay pride parade is hosted here every June and attracts thousands of people every year.
Malasaña is more of a local less-touristy neighborhood. It is pretty sleepy at daytime but when the night comes it transforms into a busy spot where a mix of young and old enjoy a drink in one of the many bohemian bars made popular by “la movida” madrileña.
Lavapies hosts every Sunday the world famous flee market El Rastro. This traditional neighborhood is one of the most representative places in the city. In the past years it has become the home of immigrants from all over the world as well as bohemians and writers, giving the place a cosmopolitan mix. There is a variety of shops and restaurants where you can find food from different places at very reasonable prices.
Hotels in Madrid
Hostal San Lorenzo
Average Price: €44
Average Rating: 7.8
Hostal Las Fuentes
Average Price: €39
Average Rating: 8.5
Average Price: €49
Average Rating: 7.8