The first question most people research is where to stay in a city or place. This was no different when we went to Spain, and to the capital city of Madrid. Travellers want to know where to stay in Madrid, and to have a travel guide to Madrid’s neighbourhoods.Travellers want to know where the best place to stay is so that they have easy access to transport, or more importantly to be able to walk to the different sites of the city.
This is a travel guide to Madrid’s neighbourhoods or Barrios
There are some very exciting barrios begging to be explored, and these are just some of them.
It may well be touristy, but that is with good reason. It is very traditionally Madrid. Local people, local food, exciting architecture, and a way of life. La Latina is the oldest and one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Madrid. La Latina is an excellent place to settle down with some tapas and sangria. It is also home to some drag queens and some other interesting people, but the people watching is totally fun.
Barrio De Malasaña
While some see Malasaña as quiet and residential, it is a totally trendy and alternative barrio. Malasaña is multicultural and just a cool place to go. Some of the best international restaurants are on San Bernardino. You will also find the international food market, and lots of bars, cafes and people watching opportunities.
Lavapiés is a neighborhood of extremes. It is the heart of multicultural Madrid Here you’ll find young and old people, resident Madrileño’s and new people to the city. This barrio has a reputation for being lively and at times a little dodgy.
Many of the traditional fiestas happen in the Rastro barrio, and it is also home to the very popular flea market on Sundays. Rastro is multicultural and very diverse. You will find stall vendors all along the streets, and people come to explore and spend an afternoon with friends. Unfortunately because of it being a magnet from everybody on a Sunday you do need to be a little more cautious with your belongings. However, it is full of fun and totally worth going to. Grab a seat and just people watch.
Chueca is primarily known as the gay district of Madrid. It’s chic, multicultural and has a great nightlife. Chueca is the city within a city, with a lot of little streets, little shops, and the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. Chueca remains a favorite barrio. Spain has been named as the most gay-friendly country by Pew Research Centre, and while Chueca may be the centre in Madrid, the Spanish reputation as an LGBT-friendly nation is all over the country and not just Madrid.
Barrio de las Letras or the Literary Quarter
This is a lovely neighborhood or barrio of twisting little roads and many opportunities to get lost. You will find Plaza Santa Ana here, and this is where the great writers of Madrid’s 16th-century Golden Age of letters, liked Cervantes lived. It is boho-chic with some excellent cafes and bars
If you asked Where to stay in Madrid, then hopefully this travel guide to Madrid’s neighbourhoods has helped you.
We’ve just started researching for our first trip to Madrid, so this is hugely helpful! Thanks for the detail.
Our pleasure. You will love Madrid. I have a number of articles on our site, so if you wish some more information, here is the link https://contentedtraveller.com/?s=madrid
You’ve put together a useful list of the different parts of Madrid that travelers might want to stay in. #wkendtravelinspiration!
Thanks, it is such a diverse city.
Looks like such a beautiful places to visit
It is a lovely city.
one of the hardest things in a city you don’t know is choosing a neighborhood that is a good fit. very helpful guide!
I agree, it is one of the first things we always check.
Last time I went to Madrid, I stayed close to Plaza del Sol. I liked it before it was so close to the action. We were able to take a nap in the late afternoon and then go out to enjoy the night. The only problem was that it was very noisy. We were able to hear people in the 7th floor with the windows close. So, consider that when deciding were to stay. #wkendtravelinspiration
I love that we can go ‘home’ for Gordon to have an afternoon nap. I rather like the sounds of the city.
I especially like the look and feel of Barrio De Malasaña! I’ve pinned this for future reference! #Wkendtravelinspiration
We also will consider it for our next trip to Barcelona
I was in Madrid for a couple of days and I picked accommodation central to the sites I wanted to see. Your rundown of neighborhoods is valuable for travelers.
Thanks, and we do like to be central so that we can walk to lots of places, or at least be close to public transport.