The districts and neighborhoods of Madrid !!!

I like to update and bring back to life this older post because they not only remind me of my good time in the city of Madrid but I think can be of curiosity and help on those traveling there now. You want to know where you are ok here is my run down on the districts and neighborhoods of Madrid !!! Of course, this will be on my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

My dear Madrid has 21 districts that in turn are grouped into 129 barrios or neighborhoods.   These are with the name of district follow by the neighborhoods of each in no particular order.

Arganzuela Imperial, Acacias, Chopera, Legazpi, Delicias, Palos de la Frontera, Atocha.  Barajas Alameda de Osuna, Aeropuerto, Casco Histórico de Barajas, Timón, Corralejos.  Carabanchel Comillas, Opañel, San Isidro, Vista Alegre, Puerta Bonita, Buenavista, Abrantes. Centro Embajadores,  Cortes,  Justicia,  Universidad,  Sol. Chamartín El Viso, Prosperidad, Ciudad Jardín, Hispanoamérica, Nueva España, Pza. Castilla. Chamberí Arapiles, Trafalgar, Almagro, Vallehermoso, Ríos Rosas. Ciudad Lineal Ventas, Pueblo Nuevo, Quintana, La Concepción, San Pascual, San Juan Bautista, Colina, Atalaya, Costillares. Fuencarral – El pardo El Pardo, Fuentelarreina, Peñagrande, Barrio del Pilar, La Paz, Valverde, Mirasierra, El Goloso.  Hortaleza Palomas, Valdefuentes, Canillas, Pinar del Rey, Apóstol Santiago, Piover.  Latina Los Cármenes, Puerta del Ángel, Lucero, Aluche, Las Águilas, Campamento, Cuatro Vientos.  Moncloa – Aravaca Casa de Campo, Argüelles, Ciudad Universitaria, Valdezarza, Valdemarín, El Plantío, Aravaca.  Moratalaz Pavones, Horcajo, Marroquina, Media Legua, Fontarrón, Vinateros.  Puente de Vallecas Entrevías, San Diego, Palomeras Bajas, Palomeras Sureste, Portazgo, Numancia.  Retiro Pacífico , Adelfas, Estrella, Ibiza, Jerónimos, Niño Jesús.  Salamanca Recoletos, Goya, Fuente del Berro, Guindalera, Lista, Castellana.  San Blas Simancas, Hellín, Amposta, Arcos, Rosas, Rejas, Canillejas, Salvador.  Tetuán Bellas Vistas, Cuatro Caminos, Castillejos, Almenara, Valdeacederas, Berruguete.  Usera Orcasitas, Orcasur, San Fermín, Almendrales, Moscardó, Zofio, Pradolongo.  Vicálvaro Casco Histórico de Vicálvaro, Ambroz. Villa de Vallecas Casco Histórico de Vallecas, Santa Eugenia. Villaverde San Andrés, San Cristóbal, Butarque, Los Rosales, Los Ángeles (Villaverde).

Some of the more prominent ones from the tourist/visitor point of view are:

The Malasaña district is recognized as a hotspot for underground culture in Spain You go around Plaza de San Ildefonso and Plaza del Dos de Mayo. Also, do not miss the Mercado de San Ildefonso located on calle san Ildefonso, Not far from calle San Ildefonso is calle Fuencarral where you will find many shops and beautiful realistic frescoes on the walls of the buildings. It is notably served by lines 5, 7 and 10 of the metro. You can also get there by bus, using line 77.

The Chueca district, located in the heart of the city, is famous for its bars, clubs, nightlife and for its link with the LGBT community. Nice to see the Grand Museum of Romanticism, formerly Palace of the Marquis of Matallana. Just a few steps from this museum is the Longoria Palace, one of the few modernist buildings in Madrid. Its building clad in glass and iron now houses the headquarters of the General Society of Actors. Do your walks around Plaza de Vázquez de Milla or Plaza del Rey. And see the Madrid History Museum! This occupies the building of the Royal General Hospice for the Poor in Calle Fuencarral. Also, the Casa de las Siete Chimeneas, current headquarters of the Ministry of Culture, is another site not to be missed during your visit to the Chueca district. The metro line 5 and get off at the Chueca stop.

The historic center or Centro of Madrid is one of the best areas of Madrid to stay in during your visit in Madrid, You will find in the historic center of Madrid the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, the Madrid Opera House, the Plaza Mayor , Puerta del Sol and Plaza de España , The metro station Callao, Sol or Opéra will be ideal to find you in the historic center of Madrid gathering the oldest monuments of the city.

The Latina district is quite simply one of the best district in Madrid and also the most atypical neighborhood in Madrid. It is full of monuments to admire without moderation. Puerta de Toledo is one of the city’s oldest access points. Other monuments in the district include the Basilica of San Francesco the Great or the Church of San Pedro el Real. It is also very pleasant to rest for a few moments on the terrace on the heights of the Jardin de las Vistillas. You can admire the magnificent view of Moro Park and the Almuneda Cathedral. On Sundays, people from Madrid go to the Rastro by Plaza Cascorro, the main place of the market, to finish by strolling to the Puerta de Toledo. You can see vintage furniture shops in Calle San Cayetano , You will have the Mercado de la Cabada and many restaurants and tapas bars very close to you. You see the very nice Puente de Segovia or Segovia bridge over the Manzanares river

The Lavapies district is Madrid’s multicultural neighborhood that brings together a large number of communities. It is a popular district, it changes year after year and becomes a trendy and pleasant district to live in. Very well known in the world of graffiti, it is in this district that you will have the best works of street art in the city. The Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory converted into a cultural center. take metro line 3 and exit at Lavapies station. Visit the Lavapies district after visit to the Reina Sofia, the district is located south of the museum a few steps away.

The Salamanca district is Madrid’s most expensive district with a very high concentration of luxury stores. Take line 4 and exit at Serrano or Velasquez station, The Salamanca district is not very touristy but you will find some luxury hotels to spend your stay in Madrid. The chic and trendy along the Paseo de la Castellana and Calle Serrano streets. It is very nice and we have stayed in hotels and eaten in restaurants here better deal than Paris for example.

The Retiro district is largely made up of the Retiro Park. The area behind Retiro Park is a residential area not far from Paseo del Prado, you can walk there from the Prado Museum or the Thyssen & Bornemisza Museum. If you want to go there by metro you will have to take line 2 and exit at Retiro station. Not lived in but close and is my favorite district other than the one I lived !

Located in the city center of Madrid very close to the Plaza de Espana, the Chamberi district is one of the new trendy areas of the city. Not very touristy, it is a district where the people of Madrid like to meet. Chamberí is a very traditional residential neighborhood, where the aristocracy of Madrid lived during the 19C and part of the 20C houses several places of interest such as the Sorolla Museum, the lively Plaza de Trafalgar, a perfect place to go to terraces and tapas. The neighborhood also has a great cultural atmosphere with the Teatros del Canal, the Teatro Quevedo and the Teatro Galileo.

The Moncloa – Aravaca district has the Cuidad Universitaria, or University City. The wonderful Paseo Rosales, the avenue bordering the Parque del Oeste. From here you can take the Teleférico or cable car that takes you on a superbe ride to the Casa de Campo, a vast green lung with fauna and flora of even rare species. In the Parque del Oeste is the temple of Debod, a nubian temple of the 2C donated by Egypt to Spain. And the Puerta de Hierro ,Casa de Campo and its attraction parks ,Palacio de la Moncloa (President of Spain home)

Charmartín, we especially know its train station which allows you to stay connected with all of Spain. It is also a very demanded area and sought after for its tranquility. It is home to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of the best in history Real Madrid CF !

And some others for the story and memories!

The district of Hortaleza includes large apartment buildings, suburban shopping centers, golf courses and wooded areas on the outskirts of the city. The Valdebebas forest park is crisscrossed with cycle paths and has several lagoons. The Alfredo-Di-Stéfano stadium hosts matches for Castilla, the reserve team of Real Madrid football club. Nearby is the IFEMA exhibition center, where important trade fairs, food festivals and exhibitions are held. The district is also dotted with laid-back tapas bars. There is a nice mirador de sanchinaro or lookout tower just outside the M30 ring road.

Fuencarral-El Pardo; biggest district in part for the Monte del Pardo and Salto de Viñuelas forest parks. This is where the king has his residency.

Moratalaz, outskirts of the beltways road M30 and M40, out away from attractions.

Puente de Vallecas, popular local district home of Rayo Vallecano, 2 division and sometimes  1 div football/soccer club. I used to come a lot by here in my youth. The end of year San Silvestre marathon race is run thru here!

San Blas, residential more and more from an industrial past, coming of a la mode. In the neighborhood of Canillejas  (My maternal aunt used to lived here when it was an electric tram that took us here before the metro lol) you can get the bus to airport 101/200 and other nearby cities like Torrejon de Ardoz and Alcala de Henares all linked with line 5 of metro my old line lol!

Tetuan, the Cuatro Caminos round point and the ave Asturias are very lively here, a must to find in Madrid. See older homes of Madrid by Calle Bravo Murillo street.

Usera, very residential and industrial north of Manzanares river, lately not for the tourist/visitor.

Vicalvaro, this is an university district and has the fabolous Faunia park of nature, good for the kids.

Villa de Vallecas, very laid back parroquial and country area in southern part of Madrid, nice to see the real city , not for tourists/visitors

Villaverde, in the south of city was industrial now becoming more residential, not for the tourist/visitor. The newer autoroute A42 now passes nearby.

And last but not least, my home in Madrid with my dear late mom Gladys. It is a pilgrimage for me to stop by each time near it even on business trips. Encompassing several suburbs, the slender district of Ciudad Lineal sits on the edge of the sprawling Cuña Verde Forest Park, home to a mountain bike trail and an amphitheater hosting outdoor concerts. Nearby, La Almudena Cemetery features numerous graves where Spanish poets, rock stars and national leaders are buried. The Museo Africano exhibits musical instruments and tribal masks. The area is dotted with mainstream shopping malls, family restaurants and relaxed tapas bars. This was my district where I lived in Madrid and at the neighborhood of Quintana ! On the Calle de Alcalà !!! This was carved out in 1892, and the most prominent feature is the Church Nuestra  Señora de la Concepción  ( Our Lady of the Conception). 

The Madrid tourist office on popular neighborhood or barrios :https://www.esmadrid.com/en/madrid-neighbourhoods

The City of Madrid on its districts with interactive map : https://www.madrid.es/portales/munimadrid/es/Inicio/El-Ayuntamiento/Organizacion-municipal?vgnextfmt=default&vgnextchannel=2ef308a90a1e9410VgnVCM100000171f5a0aRCRD#distritos

There you go folks, now you got Madrid covered and hope you can enjoy it more. If visiting the City of Madrid, and need more info let me know, “From Madrid to Heaven, and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day” 

And, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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