If you were to take a trip to Madrid today, would you know your Chamartín from your Chamberí? If not then this is the perfect guide for you! Read on to get the quick lowdown on the different areas of the Spanish capital.
North of Puerta del Sol, this lively neighbourhood leaves its visitors impressed. Full of bars, restaurants and clubs, there is no way you won’t find a good time in this part of the city. As well as the quirky bars, the side streets are decorated by impressive graffiti street art. So take your camera with you to this part of town as you’ll find lots of use for it!
This part of town has just as much nightlife to offer as Malasaña, but with fewer tourists and Erasmus students and much more locals. That doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out on a mix of culture, however. The locals that live here come from all parts of the world with many hailing from Latin America. That explains the many Latin bars that call Laviepies home and if looking to dance some salsa or samba or even something more exotic then this is the place to go.
As the gay community of Madrid, Chueca is full of bars and clubs open until the small hours of the morning. The whole city of Madrid is fairly gay-friendly in general, but here is the real home of the gay community. During the day a mix of designer stores and little boutiques makes for an interesting days shopping and a drink on one of Plaza de Chueca’s terraces afterwards is the perfect reward for your bargain hunting.
Madrid’s Old Town in the East of the city is fairly residential and you won’t find too many tourists here. That does mean, however, that you’ll find some typical Spanish restaurants at prices much cheaper than those in the heart of the city centre. Just be prepared to read and order in Spanish! English menus will be a rarity here.
Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor
You’ll find a bit of everything here in what is the centre of Madrid. The famous Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor are just two of the main attractions to be found in this part of Madrid, while the Opera House and Royal Palace are also both close by. Tapas bars and cervecerias are also found here on nearly every street corner. So you won’t go hungry in this part of Madrid.
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