City Districts Madrid
In general, Madrid is divided into three main parts, the Old Madrid, which is the city of the Habsburgs between the Royal Palace and Plaza Meyor. Another main part is Bourbon Madrid which is the area that was expanded by monarchs in the 18th century. Then there is also the modern Madrid, that started with the northern neighborhoods as the Barrio Salamanca in the 19th century and that now expands from the center into the not that active suburbs.
If you would like to get an overview over the whole city, we would like to recommend you our Panoramic Tour.
Here we would like to present you some of the most interesting parts of Madrid:
- Sol, Gran Via and Huertas: Sol is the area next to the Puerta del Sol and also known as Madrid's heart. In Sol you can find a stone where all distances in Spain are measured from, this stone is called Kilometro Zero.
This area is very vibrant and full of live, if you are looking for nice Sapnish bars or tourist attractions, this is the place to be for you. As the Gran Via is the main shopping street, this will be a good place to visit for you if you are a shopping addict.
- Chueca and Malasaña: In the north of the Gran Via you will find these so called twin districts, where you will find mostly young people, Chueca is the part which is frequented by the alternative young people and Malsaña is very popular with creative people. Both of the districts are great for having fun as there are lots of bars and clubs waiting for you every night.
- Lavapies and La Latina: You will find these parts of the city in the south of Sol. With a mixture of young and hip people, immigrants and the middleclass this is a pretty vibrant place and a mix of flavours.
- Madrid de las Austrias: This neighbourhood is also known as the Old Madrid and has the oldest and grandest palaces, buildings and places. Here you can find the Cathedral, the Royal Palace or the Plaza Mayor for example and this should definetely visited by tourists interested in history and architecture.
- Paseo de Prado: The Paseo de Prado is the biggest and greenest boulevard in Madrid where there are lots of exclusive hotels, museums and also embassies
- Salamanca and Retiro: This is probably the best part to go on a shopping tour in Madrid. As it's also very green, you will find lots of families living here.
- Chamartin: The most important thing for visitors in this area is the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, that is home to the soccer club Real Madrid, that was, in accordance to the FIFA the most successful soccer club in the 20th century. So if you are a soccer fan, this stadium is definitively worth a visit.
- Casa de Campo: In this area you will find lots of parks and attractions for children, so if you are travelling with your family, this will probably be a nice place for you to visit.