Get to Know Centro, the oldest district in Madrid
Centro district has approximately 150.000 inhabitants and is divided into six neighborhoods: “Palacio, Embajadores, Cortes, Justicia, Universidad and Sol”.
This district is bordering Atocha on the south, Paseo del Prado and Recoletos on the east. Then Chamberí district to the north and Moncloa-Aravaca to the west.
What to see in Centro district
It is worth to mention its art triangle and museums, such as Reina Sofía Museum, theaters and cinemas. As well having one of the most popular shopping areas in the capital.
On top of that, three of the oldest skyscrapers in Spain can be found in Centro: “Telefónica Building, España Building and Madrid Tower”.
Among its points of interest are: Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía, Plaza de España, Paseo del Prado, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, the Royal theater, Prado Museum and the Bank of Spain. That’s why this area it is highly valued by the tourists.
When students are looking for accommodation during their stay in the city, Centro district is the most demanded area. Furthermore, it connects with Paseo de la Castellana that communicates with the financial zone of Madrid.
The Centro has a large space for leisure and culture, not just because the museums or the theaters but also because others spaces such as the Botanical Garden or CaixaForum.
Its strategic location in the core of Madrid makes Centro the main touristic district, very well connected by Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana with a large number of apartments for rent.
This district has a very old and conservative architecture from the era of “Madrid de los Austrias” that can be characterized by buildings and monuments from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as the Royal Theater the main headquarters of the Bank of Spain.
However, in it we can also find skyscrapers like “Telefónica building and the España building”. Although these buildings are considered skyscrapers due to their height, and they still have an elegant and distinguished touch of the early 20th century.
Among its most important streets, we can find Calle Mayor, which is bordering Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. As well, this is a quiet area and highly valued as a residence.
In that same area is located Tirso de Molina square, where one of our buildings can be found: Mesón de Paredes building, dedicated to renting apartments. The building is located on the street that bears the same name.
It is a nice and well-connected neighborhood, as it is close to Tirso metro station (L1), to La Latina (L5), and to several lines of buses. As well, there are many supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies and banks.
Evolution of the Centro District
Centro district is the oldest area of the city and the first population dates back to the Muslim era in the 9th century, and then in 1085 the city passed into Christian hands.
Felipe II installed the court in 1561 and then a decisive evolution in the city happened. From that date on, a large part of the oldest buildings and monuments began to be built. Now these buildings are in the so-called “Madrid de los Austrias” that belongs to Centro district.
During the reign of Carlos III, large investments were made in infrastructure, especially sewage systems and public buildings.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city continued growing, not only in population but also in monuments and buildings, such as the Congress of deputies.
The last measure taken in 2018 by the government and that mainly affects the Central district, is the prohibition of the circulation of gasoline and diesel motor cars, thus creating “Central Madrid”.
Other things to visit near Centro district
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Our closest accommodations
If you want to stay in a great location, please check out our accommodations in Chamberí or Salamanca at “Edificio Escultor”. The apartments are located next to Calle Serrano and Paseo de la Castellana.
Here is possible to stay for weeks or even days and we have accommodations for different types of profiles. So take a look to the list of apartments for companies or to the list of apartments for students.