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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Madrid Neighborhoods


Mingle with the artsy crowd in this boho enclave of leafy squares, funky boutiques, and cool hangouts.


The stronghold of Madrid’s thriving gay community, this hip and happening area attracts a mixed-bag crowd looking for serious nightlife fun.

Gran Vía to Plaza de España

Shop till you drop along frenetic Gran Vía, Madrid’s answer to Broadway, and top it off with a stroll around modernist Plaza de España.


Order a cortado (espresso with a pinch of milk) or a glass of vino (wine) at one of the cozy cafés and bars in this stylish barrio.


Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace steal the show in Madrid’s historic central district where stellar Habsburg architecture is the highlight.

La Latina

Roam the twisting alleyways of this buzzing area home to old-school tapas bars, flamenco joints, and chic bistros.


Catch some of Madrid’s most authentic flamenco in this rough-around-the-edges but quickly gentrifying neighborhood, home to immigrants, gypsies and a new generation of artists.

Paseo del Arte

This green, park-like area hosts Madrid’s three illustrious world-class museums – the Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – themselves reason enough to visit Madrid.


Rub elbows with the upper class in Madrid’s toniest neighborhood, where high-end restaurants, designer boutiques, and luxury apartment buildings rule the roost.

Literary Quarter

Buzzing tapas bars and cafés serve as contemporary muses in the winding, cobblestone-lined Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter), where Spain’s renowned wordsmiths penned some of their greatest works. Plaques on the pavement and walls throughout the neighborhood denote literary landmarks, including Cervantes’ home and Lope de Vega’s two-story townhouse (now converted into a museum).


Named for the “Ballesta Triangle Zone,” this once-seedy neighborhood off of Gran Via has taken a purposeful about-face, thanks to the Asociación de Comerciantes triBall, which has placed up-and-coming local artists and designers in the storefronts lining the maze of streets between Gran Vía and Fuencarral. Devote a couple of hours to the galleries and shops, many of which burst with truly one-of-a-kind, affordable wares.  

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