Madrid: Neighborhoods


  • Barrio de las Letras

    The Barrio de las Letras, long favored by tourists for its clean-cut looks and its fun places to hang out, was named for the many writers and playwrights from the Spanish Golden Age (16th and 17th...

  • Chueca and Malasaña

    Once known primarily for thumping nightlife and dodgy streets, these two Madrid neighborhoods have changed significantly in the past decade. Money from city hall and from private investors was...

  • Old Madrid

    The narrow streets of Madrid's old section, which includes the Palacio, La Latina, and Sol neighborhoods—part of Madrid's greater Centro district—wind back through the city's history to its...

  • Rastro and Lavapiés

    Bordering the old city wall (torn down in the mid-19th century) to the south, Rastro and Lavapiés were Madrid's industrial areas in the 17th and 18th centuries. The old slaughterhouses in the...

  • Salamanca and Retiro

    By the mid-19th century, city officials decided to expand Madrid beyond the 1625 wall erected by Felipe IV. The result was a handful of new, well-laid-out neighborhoods. Salamanca became a home to...


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