Madrid is a large city! Point of view of the tourist, Madrid has nothing of this urban monster, because the main sites of Madrid tourism concentrated in the historic center and its adjacent neighborhoods. In the end, the most interesting part of Madrid can very well be done on foot. The historic center is here that we find the royal palace, the Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Major, the Prado museum, restaurants, shops, hotels, tourist sites, everything is accessible to foot.
Gran Via: Great artery of the capital, very lively, there are many bars and shops of all kinds. The weekend is literally crowded on the Gran Via, even at night. As a result, it may not be the best place to look for a quiet hotel.
Court / Malasaña: Nice lanes, many tapas bars, an always lively nightlife, some places where you can meet prostitutes also Malasaña is a neighborhood where a popular and lively Madrid is expressed. Calle Manuela Malasaña is a good place to eat and Calle del Pez is the place to have a drink.
Chueca: Neighbor of Malasaña, Chueca is the underground, trendy and gay district of the Spanish capital. A bit of our Parisian Swamp, in short, with many designer boutiques, fashion boutiques, and cool cafes. Chic and shock.
Salamanca: Welcome to the upscale neighborhoods of Madrid, for those looking for luxury shops it’s in Salamanca that you have to go.
Barajas: in addition to a campsite, the area includes hotels whose main interest is the proximity of the airport.
Nuevos Ministerios: The business district, north of Madrid. An architecture that detonates, but the area does not have a great tourist interest.
Alonso Martínez: There are many pubs and discos, most places close around 3am, then fetards move to Gran Vía or Tribunal, where the party continues until the early morning.
Barrio de las Letras / Huertas: Most of the great writers lived in this neighborhood.This Barrio is located between Lavapiés, Puerta del Sol and Paseo del Prado. It is a neighborhood full of interesting historic buildings and also well known for its high concentration of bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels.
Conde Duque: Located between Plaza de Guardias and Plaza de las Comendadoras, you will find many cafes and tapas bars in this area. The Conde Duque Cultural Center usually hosts shows, concerts and exhibitions.
La Latina: Near Lavapiés, this is the place to go to taste tapas and meet a bohemian youth in search of elegant bars. The area is surprisingly crowded on Sunday morning due to the El Rastro flea market.
Lavapies: Madrid’s most multicultural neighborhood, with more than 50% of foreign residents, mostly from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many world music bars and many alternative theaters and art galleries. Lavapiés is perhaps the most cosmopolitan and hippy district of Madrid.
Moncloa: A student district near universities, a lot of cheap bars in this area. To fully enjoy the nightlife of this neighborhood, go there Thursday evening, the evening or the students party.
Torre Europa: neighborhood located in front of the stadium of Madrid, there are several pubs and clubs quite chic.
Why go to Madrid?
Since the arrival of democracy in Spain, there is a feeling of charm and festivity in Madrid. With the Madrid city tours discover the old sumptuous monuments that historical museums or even its convents. In the kitchen, we find in Madrid many typical restaurants. From tapas bars to more gourmet restaurants, let yourself be tempted by unique flavors found only in the Spanish capital, such as “cocido madrileño”, which is a stew of meat and chickpeas. Madrid also boasts sumptuous parks with wide alleys, historic fountains, and monuments dating back to the nineteenth century such as the Retiro Park.
How to get to Madrid?
Get to Madrid from Paris other province, many flights are made daily between the two countries. We find in particular “low-cost” companies that offer ultra-competitive rates throughout the year. In order to take advantage of the best flight deals, it is advisable to make a reservation in advance or take advantage of a last-minute flight! The Spanish capital is also relatively accessible by many means of transport, trains, automobile, bus etc.
Madrid has a fairly dense hotel network adapted to different budgets, whether a small boutique hotel or a luxury hotel. Although Madrid is a capital, it is distinguished by the quality of life that it offers to its inhabitants. Charm and well-being are the two words that summarize life in Madrid!