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Madrid’s Neighborhoods

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

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.

Madrid, Spain, Palazzo RealePhoto by Ruggero Poggianella

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 ViaGran 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.

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Venere Travel Blog writer gabriela ordenana

Gabriela Ordenana is an Ecuadorian freelance travel writer currently living at Oahu, Hawaii. She loves traveling around the world and has lived in Europe for many years.

3 responses to “Madrid’s Neighborhoods”

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  1. Gabriella Lai says via Facebook:
    May 30th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Salamanca is more than 200km far from Madrid; in my point of view is not a neighborhood

  2. Boyd Calder says:
    June 6th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Barrio de Salamanca is on the outskirts of Madrid – Salamanca (the town) is in northern Spain!

  3. Gabriela Ordenana says:
    June 6th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    The neighboorhood of Salamanca in Madrid includes streets like Serrano, Velazquez, Goya, etc. I lived there for more that 3 years. There is also a city called Salamanca two hours from Madrid, home of the famous Salamanca University. You are talking about two very different things.


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