Get to know Moncloa, the district in Madrid
Moncloa district has approximately 118.000 inhabitants and is made of seven neighborhoods: Casa de Campo, Arguelles, Ciudad Universitaria, Valdezarza, Valdemarín, El Plantío and Aravaca.
This district is limited on the north by Puente de Castilla, to the west by Pozuelo de Alarcón, to the east by Cuesta de San Vicente and to the south by Extremadura highway.
What to see in Moncloa District
It´s strategic location at the exit of A6 makes Moncloa the second most demanded area.
The proximity with the University district makes Moncloa the preferred one mostly by students when looking for accommodation in the city.
We would like to highlight the street “Calle Princesa” is in this neighborhood, where a large number of stores can be found, as well in “Calle Quevedo” which has a several options of cinemas.
In this district we can find many green areas, and the most known between them is: “Casa de Campo” with 1.535 hectares, appointed as the largest public park in Madrid.
“Casa de Campo” is a natural space and has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Category of Historic Site. In Casa de Campo Park, there are various facilities such as the Amusement Park, the Zoo or the Cable Car.
Also as points of interest inside the park, “Rosales” and the “Temple of Debod” must be named, they are highly recommended places for walking and for carrying out a multitude of activities on weekends.
The district is very well connected thanks to the Principe Pio station and the Interchanger.
The Moncloa district is characterized for their buildings dedicated mainly to residential area, since the district didn´t appear as such until the 1980s.
In addition to the residential buildings, a large number of relevant buildings and monuments inaugurated in the 20th century should be mentioned. One of the most emblematic between them is Junta Municipal de Moncloa-Aravaca´s building, designed by the architect Manuel Herrero de Palacios in 1949, but the construction was not completed until the 1960s. At first, it was intended to be a tribute to the fallen by Madrid in the civil war, hence, its appearance of a mausoleum, but at the end it was used as the building of the Municipal Council of Moncloa.
Other important buildings or monuments are: the Cuartel General del Ejercito del Aire with a neo-herrerian style, the Arco de la Victoria with 40 meters high, the Lighting Tower or better known as Faro de Moncloa with a height of 110 meters, the Museum of America, the Casa do Brasil with a style used in the Brazilian capital and the Complutense University of Madrid.
The origin of the district dates back to the 1980s after merging with the old municipality of Aravaca and some neighborhoods of Madrid such as the neighborhoods of Valdezarza or Valdemarín.
Moncloa is the third largest district in Madrid, the neighborhood is not as united as others districts of the Capital, since some of them are separated by the M-30 highway.
What else to visit near Moncloa District
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If you are looking for a place to stay near to the district, please take a look to our accommodations in Chamberí or Centro. There we have all types of apartments and you can stay for days or weeks in “Edificio Escultor” next to Serrano street.