Districts of Madrid

Madrid, a city of arabic origin, was conquered by Alfonso VI of Castille in 1083 and has been the capital of the Kingdom of Spain since 1561 under the order of Felipe II. Situated in the heart of the peninsula, it has a 5 million population. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city featuring diverse cultural and social activities. Studying here will definitely become an unique experience enjoying every minute.

Madrid is full of corners, stories and culture in all its 21 districts: Arganzuela, Barajas, Carabanchel, Centro, Chamartín, Ciudad Lineal, Fuencarral-El Pardo, Hortaleza, Latina, Moncloa-Aravaca, Moratalaz, Puente de Vallecas, Retiro, Barrio de Salamanca, San Blas, Tetuán, Usera, Vicálvaro, Villa de Vallecas and Villaverde.

We will tell you a bit more about these different districts of Madrid, which may help you in your “apartment-selection” decision.


City Centre (Centro)

Situated in the heart of Madrid, the central district is super convenient with the best offer of leisure, culture, commerce and hotel distribution… Besides, the most beautiful and ancient architecture and monuments are located in this area as well as museums, galleries, artistic and literary educational centres, cinemas and theatres.

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  • Puerta del Sol – Madrid of Austrias – La Latina

This is the historical part of the city where the most emblematic buildings of Madrid can be seen. Pedestrian streets are lined up with restaurants, coffee shops and bars of all kinds. There are also numerous fashion shops and commercial centres. Famous for its nightlife, the neighbourhood of La Latina stands out for its ancient cities and for an atmosphere of cultural diversity.

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  • Gran Vía – Chueca – Malasaña

These are the fashion areas of the city -famous for its nightlife and prosperous of business- especially in the streets of Fuencarral and Gran Vía. Chueca is Madrid’s gay neighbourhood; Malasaña is known for its numerous shops of design, outlet shoes stores, art galleries and restaurants.

Average renting price: ****

  • Paseo del Prado – Huertas – Atocha

The most important and famous museums of the capital are found in this area: El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía, which makes it an ideal place for art lovers and those who would like to experience Madrid more culturally. “The neighbourhood of letters” (Barrio de las Letras) or Huertas together with Santa Ana Square will provide a perfect atmosphere of enjoying tapas in its bars and terraces. In Atocha there is one of the most important train stations of the city.

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  • El Rastro – Lavapiés

El Rastro is known for the open-air market of Sunday, Madrid´s flee market. In these neighbourhoods tradition is coexisting with modern features. Next to La Latina, Lavapiés hosts a great percentage of immigrants, for which it is considered as the most multicultural area of the capital where local people and foreigners live. There are many foreign stores and restaurants as well as authentic local tapa bars.

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Today it is one of the most significant commercial zone of the city and also one of the neighbourhood that offers the life of the highest level in Europe with its elegant streets lined up with luxury boutiques. Also, many important national and international companies set their offices in this area. Salamanca is a quiet neighbourhood during the night but there are also some quite renown restaurants, bars and nightclubs, though not that well-known as those in the city centre.

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Moncloa – Aravaca

From Argüelles to Moncloa, this area is known for its university life for hosting Complutense University, the largest university of the country. In this area there are lots of parks and gardens, such as Western Parks (Parque del Oeste) and Debod Temple (Templo de Debod), small shops and large commercial stores (El Corte Inglés) as well as neighbourhood taverns. Plus, it is a pretty quiet and safe area and is very conveniently connected by public transportation to the city centre.

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Many local people of Madrid consider it as one of the most ideal residential areas. Chamberí features a great commercial and social life in its lively neighbourhoods, where you can find lovely buildings, numerous bars, small stores and restaurants. Its location highlights a balance of tranquility and an accessibility to the centre. It is very convenient in the aspect of public transportation.

Average renting price: ****



It’s a very lovely district to live for its short distance to the famous Retiro Park. Within this area narrow small streets full of tiny stores and bars coexist with big commercial centres such as El Corte Inglés. Retiro is quiet and safe, very convenient and pretty close to the city centre.

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Covering along Paseo de Extremadura from Manzanares river, this area hosts various bridges and parks and also at a short distance away from the city centre.

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This district is famous for hosting Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home field of the football club Real Madrid, and also for one of the most important train stations of Spain, from where trains heading for majors cities of the country departure. Paseo de la Castellana in this area is famous for hosting many important companies and also for being a residential area far from tourists.

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Going down Bravo Murillo street from Cuatro Caminos, you can find a very lively commercial street full of clothing stores, shoes stores and supermarkets of very economic prices. It is another very multicultural area where a lot of immigrants from Latin America and Asia are settled. Tetuán is quite convenient in the aspect of public transportation since Cuatro Caminos is a metro station that connects three lines.

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This district stands out for its large green area, such as Cuña Verde, Dionisio Ridruejo gardens, Moratalaz Park and Darwin Park, etc. The best entertainment zone is called “Lonjas” or “Lonja”, which is a pedestrian area located in the centre of this neighbourhood prosperous with taverns and other businesses. However, it is a pretty quiet neighbourhood that is far from the hustles and bustles of the city centre. Less nightlife here!

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Located in the east of Manzanares River, Arganzuela hosts many historic bridges and gates as well as Madrid’s famous cultural centre Matadero. It is a district full of beautiful views and very quiet for its distance from city centre.

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Note for average renting price:

** Cheap

*** Medium

**** More expensive


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