The main neighbourhoods of Madrid

December 13th 2022
María Castillo
The main neighbourhoods of Madrid

From Atemporal Madrid we have prepared a complete article for you in which you can discover Madrid and its charm. Remember that the essence of this city is in its neighbourhoods and in its corners full of magic: its fountains, monuments, squares and parks, cafés and much more!

Madrid's most famous neighbourhoods

The Spanish capital is divided into 21 districts, of which there are 131 administrative districts. Here is a selection of the most representative ones:

City centre

This is the most historic district of Madrid and is divided into 6 neighbourhoods: Palacio, Embajadores, Justicia, Cortes, Universidad and Sol. This area of the city is the starting point of any tourist route through Madrid. You will be enchanted by the famous Puerta del Sol which was built in the middle of the 18th century and was the old entrance to the capital, where the sun used to rise. Another neuralgic place is the famous Gran Vía, born in 1910 and one of the main arteries of Madrid; it starts in Alcalá street and ends in Plaza de España. Ideal for a long walk and enjoy spectacular theatre plays, cinemas, shops and restaurants.


Retiro-Paseo del Arte neighbourhood:

It is a cultural neighbourhood, also known as the "Art Triangle'', as it is home to the main museums of Spain and the world: El Prado, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. In addition, in this neighbourhood you will find the spectacular Retiro Park with more than 125 hectares and 15,000 trees, which is the greenest point and the lungs of the city centre. Since 25 July 2021, it has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Paseo el Prado. Here you can play sports, go cycling or take a romantic stroll if you hire a boat on the beautiful lagoon in the centre of the park. Undoubtedly a must-see if you live in the Spanish capital for a couple of months.


Salamanca neighbourhood:

Very close to the Retiro Park is this glamorous neighbourhood which used to be the residence of the main aristocratic families. Today it is a place full of haute cuisine restaurants, select cafés and boutiques of renowned designers. The neighbourhood is bounded by the Paseo de la Castellana and the Retiro Park. This neighbourhood is known as "The Golden Mile'', where all the luxury brands have found their place. It is the perfect place if you like haute couture clothes, shoes and glamour.



Chamberí neighbourhood:

This iconic neighbourhood of Madrid is home to Calle Zurbano, recognised by the "New York Times'' as one of the best streets in Europe. This neighbourhood was home to a large part of Madrid's aristocracy during the 19th and 20th centuries. Ideal for strolling around its corners and along the "Avenida de los Cines'', introducing you to a Madrid beyond the conventional tourist sites.

Photo: TimeOut


Castellana neighbourhood:

Also known as the financial heart of Madrid, La Castellana is a modern neighbourhood that houses the most important economic centres in Europe such as the CTBA or the "Las Cuatro Torres''. Ministerial headquarters, embassies, shopping centres and restaurants are some of the options that this area offers. Some places of interest are: Plaza de Castilla, Plaza de Cuzco, Plaza de Colón and the famous Bernabéu Stadium.


Princesa neighbourhood:

It starts from Plaza España to Moncloa. It is a neighbourhood full of tourist attractions where you can visit an authentic Egyptian temple. Its main street is Calle Princesa, one of the longest streets in the whole capital. Another important point to highlight is that this neighbourhood is known as "le barrio universitario'', where most of the faculties and universities are located, such as the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). In this neighbourhood you will also find the Palacio de la Moncloa, the official seat of the President of Spain.


La Latina:

This is one of the most entertaining and popular neighbourhoods in Madrid. If you are looking for a day full of colour and life, we invite you to explore this area. In addition, it is adjacent to several areas of interest such as Sol-Gran Vía, Lavapiés, Madrid-Río and Austrias. The most attractive thing about this neighbourhood are its beautiful streets of medieval origin; many of them are narrow and lead to beautiful squares where you can enjoy a delicious vermouth or a cup of coffee. In this area you can also find the most famous markets of the city such as El Rastro, the most famous open-air market of the city.



Rivas Vaciamadrid:

This neighbourhood is one of the municipalities of Madrid that has grown the most in recent years. It is located about 20 minutes from the centre of Madrid and has become one of the best places to live. It has more than 50,000 inhabitants and every year more and more are being added. One of the reasons is the excellent quality of life of the neighbours, it is close to the capital and has houses at very competitive prices. In a neighbourhood full of cultural centres, theatres and renowned auditoriums such as the Pilar Bardem. We can't forget to mention the beautiful urban parks that have been built in the area. Discover the unbeatable range of flats that we have in this area of Madrid!





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