By Ross Sanderson •
Updated: 13 Sep 2023 • 10:06
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With over three million people in an area of 604 square kilometres, Madrid has something for everyone. The city is divided into 21 districts and within them, you can find a huge variety of culturally differing neighbourhoods, each with its own unique advantages. We’ve compiled a list of three neighbourhoods to look out for when visiting Spain’s capital.
Right in the middle of Madrid lies the neighbourhood of Sol, in the Centro district. As one can imagine, Sol is one of the busiest places in the city, with thousands of people filling the plaza acts as something of a hub for locals and visitors alike.
Sol is packed full of restaurants, bars and shops and is the perfect place for a tourist first coming to the city to start. With internationals from all over the world flooding both the plaza and the nearby Royal Palace, Sol is a friendly neighbourhood but can be quite overwhelming with how busy it can get, especially in the evenings. If visiting in the winter, however, there is no better place than here to see the beautiful Christmas lights displays.
As the oldest area in Madrid, La Latina is the place to be for a more traditionally historic view of the capital. A very artistic neighbourhood, La Latina is aesthetically pleasing with its narrow alleyways, cobbled streets and beautiful ancient buildings.
La Latina is also home to the oldest market in the city, El Rastro, where many flood to find hidden gems that can not be found anywhere else. The tapas in the old taverns scattered about the area is wonderful and its rustic and well-preserved surroundings make for a truly wholesome Madrid experience.
Chueca is the neighbourhood for those looking to have some fun and immerse themselves in the Madrid nightlife. Located close to Gran Via, it is all about the bars, clubs, music and fashion. Known as the LGBTQ+ area, which hosts the famous Madrid gay pride festival, you are never short of anything to do in Chueca and will be one of the most welcoming and interesting places to go.
The multicultural diversity that you find here is one of the biggest selling points, with people from all over the world sharing a drink on its vibrant streets. Having recently had a lot of work done to the buildings, Chueca is an area revitalised by putting the young and sociable of Madrid at the forefront.
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Based in Edinburgh, Ross is an NCTJ-qualified journalist. Having previously lived in Madrid, he specialises in Spanish Culture, Sport and Cuisine.
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