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the main street of madrid: gran via

the main street of madrid: gran via

while booking a hotel in madrid for the first time, you always wonder which area will fit best to your needs. not only for the holiday-lovers, but also if you want to move to the capital or just want to know how to spend your day perfectly, it is useful to gather information of the different areas of spain. with more than 3 million residents, every area has its own characteristics and uniqueness. we divide the area into three different main characteristics: most exclusive, trendy and the competitors. every characteristic has different areas what can help decide where to go in madrid.

most exclusive

a chic and luxury traveller or a professional may want to secure accommodation in salamanca or castellana, some of the most expensive areas in the city. the broad thoroughfares are lined with designer shops, stylish boutiques and upmarket restaurants. not only for the more posh-people, but this area is beautiful to walk through as a tourist and to explore the luxury part of madrid. the us embassy is found here and the district´s wide highway and tall buildings are the headquarter of many banks and companies.

serrano street and calle goya are the busiestand most luxury shopping streets in Salamanca, both with an upmarket high street feel. Serrano has just emerged from a bit of a revamp, aimed at making the whole shopping experience more pleasant.

serrano street and calle goya are the most busy and luxury shopping streets in Salamanca, both with an upmarket high street feel. serrano has just emerged from a bit of a revamp, aimed at making the whole shopping experience more pleasant.

salamanca
the poshest part of madrid, with the best restaurants, the most expensive shops and lounge bars. it is also a traditional neighbourhood of madrid where you can enjoy typical madrid food in many places.
el madrid de los austrias
the oldest part of madrid, between the palace, the cathedral and the opera. you will have access to many great restaurants and green spaces.
letras & cortes
letras is a neighbourhood with a long intellectual history, known for its traditional tapas bars and partying along calle huertas.


trendy

the trendy area of madrid is for the typical student or for the ones that want to avoid the touristic sightseeing. it is famous for its non-touristy alternative area and it is getting popular every day. wander through the streets for glimpses of street art, second hand shops and even pop-up stores.

malasaña
famous in madrid for its bars and artist population, malasaña is the neighbourhood for the gentrified, the alternative and people who like to be in the middle of things, should it be party, alternative art and music, or the city itself.
chueca
famous for its gay population, but it is in fact much more than this. old typical madrid buildings, with quaint bars, calm coffees and a bit more laid back and diverse than malasaña.
la latina
typical old buildings, a vivid neighbourhood life, coupled with the most famous street for tapas and Madrid’s huge flee market.
sol
sol, nickname of the neighbourhood around the puerta del sol, is the very centre of madrid. sol is a great place to live as a your first neighbourhood and if you want to discover madrid but still feel you need to stay close to international and english-speaking restaurants, shops and bars.

Malasaña is a vibrant neighborhood and a center for the 'hipster' phenomena, full of lively bars and clubs overflowing with young people. Its streets are currently being renovated, making it a much more attractive quarter. It's one of the classic areas for partying the night away.

malasaña is a vibrant neighborhood and a center for the ‘hipster’ phenomena, full of lively bars and clubs overflowing with young people. its streets are currently being renovated, making it a much more attractive quarter. it’s one of the classic areas for partying the night away.

the competitors

these areas could be called as ´upcoming´ as they are not known by everybody, but they are getting more popular to experience another expression of the city. this area has a lot to offer and especially for the outdoors among us: there are a lot of nice parks and avenues and not a lot of tourists are aware of the inner-beauty of these places.

lavapies and embajadores
lavapies starts just south of the very centre of madrid, from the tirso de molina square which marks the start of this neighbourhood, and goes south until the metro station of embajadores. it is a diverse neighbourhood, with a large indian and african community, but it is also still known for its traditional bars and shops like the butcher.
chamberi
a neighbourhood which still lives the traditional madrid way, with local markets, no lounge bars and only the typical tapas restaurants where madrileños are enjoying with friends. not as fancy as malasaña, or as posh as salamanca, but it is another quintessential neighbourhood like la latina.
moncloa
a traditional neighbourhood with universities close by and plenty of parks just five minutes walking: debod’s temple park, parque del oeste and casa de campo. a great place if you are looking for a quality quiet neighbourhood, not too expensive, with plenty of parks nearby and very close to the centre.
retiro
the neighbourhood is defined by the massive park in the middle of it. retiro is quite expensive, with great restaurants in its surroundings, “modern” buildings compared to the city center, and the park is always near to enjoy a stroll. careful with the eastern part of the neighbourhood, which is not so well connected with the city centre as you think it should be.

lavapies

lavapies

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salamanca, the biggest student city in spain, is an old small city full with beautiful buildings, fun atmosphere, and good vibe. the nature is so wonderful that it is just a pleasure to walk around and feel the relaxing atmousphere.

salamanca collage

also, its nightlife is more than fun because of its huge variety of bars and clubs with free entrance! however, it is not only for young generation because there are many kind of places for every needs and likes, either pushy or casual look.

the plan for the night is ready, so let’s think about during the day. we suggest to enjoy sightseeing in a very unique way; through treasure hunt!
perhaps there are many people who have no idea what we are talking about. you can enjoy salamanca sightseeing by trying to find some hidden items here and there. let’s have a closer and quick look on three of the most popular and well known hidden carvings.

 

1. the frog on a scalp, the most famous icon of the city
this hidden icon is decorated on a wall of salamanca university. however, it is extremely hard to find the frog by yourself because the wall is very detailed and there are many monuments. have a try first by yourself to find it! even if the attempt is not successful, don’t worry; there are many people all looking up searching and pointing it so you can just ask someone to show you.

frog collage

can you see it now? the frog is very small, but it is said that if you can find it by your own, you will have a good luck, or if you are a student, you will graduate successfully.

 

2. the astronaut
the second famous hidden carving in salamanca is the astronaut, which you can find somewhere on the new part of cathedral. it is huge and also very detailed so you can find it easily. the photo below shows the side of the cathedral where you should look at.

astronaut collage

during the re-establish of the cathedral, they put this astronaut icon as a symbol of 20th century. also you can see that the astronaut’s face is slightly different from the the first edition one.

 

3. gargoyle devil with an ice-cream
just next to the astronaut you can find a very cute hidden curving; devile with ice-cream. how playful are salamanca people!!

icecream collage

there are many more hidden icons, as you can see on the post card below. we just did the first three ones, but we will give you an opportunity to have fun searching the rest by yourself while exploring the beautifulness of salamanca!

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