“Iconic areas that house history, art, passion and culture in each of its streets”, sings one of the verses of the famous song written by the Mexican composer Agustín Lara in honor of this city.

In addition to visiting the best-known and most frequented places so, in addtion to visit the most visited places, you should visit some of the most famous neighbourhoods in Madrid.


Iconic neighbourhoods in Madrid

The Spanish capital does not lack of places that fascinate and inspire locals and visitors.

The Center: the most historic Madrid

The Center of Madrid is is the historic center that contains most or the nicest places to visit. Officially divided into 6 neighbourhoods: Palacio, Embajadores, Cortes, Justicia, Universidad and Sol.

Known as: Puerta del Sol, Madrid de los Austrias, Barrio de La Latina, Barrio de Lavapiés, Barrio de las Letras, Zona de Chueca and Barrio de Malasaña are better described in the center of Madrid.

Places of interest: the Royal Palace of Madrid,the Sabatini Gardens, the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Theater of Madrid, the Palacio de Liriathe Puerta del Sol, the Plaza de Oriente, the Plaza de la Villa, the Plaza Mayor and the Arco de Cuchilleros, the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, the Gran Vía and the Metrópolis Building, the Palacio de las Cortes, the Plaza de España, among others.




   Center, Madrid

Retiro &
Paseo del Arte: epicenter of cultural life

The Residential neighborhood with el Retiro Park as the protagonist is now the area witth most and better restaurants in Madrid with the Art Triangle at one of its sides.

Since in just 2 kilometers, it contains three of the most important museums in the world the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

The area of Paseo del Prado, El Retiro and other 90 monuments and outstanding landmarks, -landscape of Arts and Sciences-, also known as Landscape of Light , has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2021 as a Cultural Landscape.

Places of interest: the National Library, el Retiro Park, Puerta de AlcaláPlaza de Cibeles, art triangle (Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museum), Neptune Fountain, Jerónimos Church, the Cuesta de Moyano, the Botanical Garden, the Plaza de Atocha, among others.

Barrio de Salamanca: one of the most relevant areas of Madrid

It is recognized for being one of the most important areas and one of the most important luxury fashion areas in Madrid.

Attached at one of its sides by the beautiful Retiro Park, it was initially conceived as the place of residence for families belonging to the aristocratic and bourgeois classes.

Its special regular distribution in the form of a checkerboard and its beautifully aligned facades complement a tour where you will find boutiques of the most exclusive firms in the world of fashion or restaurants awarded with Michelin stars, in the so-called “Golden Mile”.

Places of interest: the National Archaeological Museum, the Juan March Foundation, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, the WiZink Center, the Plaza de Felipe II.

Salamanca District, Madrid

Chamberí neighbourhood, heritage of the aristocracy

Area of ​​​​residence of a large part of the aristocracy of the 19th and 20th centuries contains Zurbano Street “one of the best in Europe” (New York Times).

Here you will find Calle Zurbano a street dotted with charming palaces, boutiques, restaurants and museums, highly recommended if you are looking to explore Madrid beyond the conventional tourist areas.

You can also walk along the so-called “Avenida de los cines”, a section of Fuencarral street that goes from the Bilbao roundabout to the Quevedo roundabout, where new movie theaters open their doors.

Places of interest: Plaza de Olavide , Platform Zero-Chamberí Station, Sorolla Museum, Teatros del Canal, Cine Paz, Cine Projecciones, Sala Berlanga, Casa de las Flores .

Castellana, the financial hub of Madrid

The financial heart of Madrid offers a look at a much more modern Madrid.

Throughout its length you will find some of the most characteristic buildings and places in Madrid, ending with one of the most modern economic centers in Europe, the CTBA, better known as The Four Towers , these being the tallest buildings in all of Spain .

Embassies, museums, shopping centers, gastronomic variety or ministerial headquarters, are some other options offered by this area.

Places of interest: Plaza de Colón, the Nuevos Ministerios building complex , the famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium of the Real Madrid Football Club, the Azca complex, Plaza de Cuzco or Plaza de Castilla, with its emblematic Puerta de Europa Towers, better known as the Torres Kio.



Princesa, one of the largest areas of Madrid

It is an area were for the most part the residence of the lower and middle Spanish aristocracy, in which you can visit an authentic monument of ancient Egypt.

It extends from Plaza de España to Moncloa. Here is the “University City (Ciudad Universitaria)”, where most of the faculties and higher schools of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Polytechnic University of Madrid are located, as well as more than thirty colleges and facilities of the National University of Education Distance (UNED). This area is home to several influential nightlife hubs in Madrid.

Places of Interest: the Debod Temple, the Temple Gardens, the Parque del Oeste, the Dehesa de la Villa, the Triumphal Arch, the Moncloa Lighthouse, the Cerralbo Museum, the ermita of San Antonio de la Florida, the Estación del Norte, the Costume Museum, the Museum of America, the Madrid Cable Car, the Principe Pio Shopping Center .




Some places to visit in Madrid

You have more information for more activities for your first visit, your second visit, visit Madrid in one day and the 10 most visited places in Madrid


If you want to stay in Madrid

In this area we have apartments for months in the Centro area, the apartments for months in the Retiro area and as a quieter and less touristy area you can consider the apartments for months in the Salamanca district.

For a short stay we have apartments for days next to Calle Serrano and Paseo de la Castellana, in the Escultor Building and accommodation by category: list of apartments for companies or our list of apartments for students .          

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