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Get to know the best neighbourhoods in Madrid to live in

Get to know the best neighbourhoods in Madrid to live in

If you want to find out the best neighbourhoods to live in Madrid, just read this article and get to know them first hand. What are the most exclusive districts or districts to live in the capital?

Central zones, hustle and bustle

It all depends on your preferences. There are many people who prefer the centre of Madrid for multiple reasons. The fact is that in the most central areas of Madrid there are several neighbourhoods with great cultural interest, offering a wide variety of theatres, art galleries, museums and libraries as well as a very active nightlife.

Neighbourhoods like Malasaña, Chueca and La Latina, which offer a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities, such as shops, cafes and nightclubs. These neighbourhoods are considered as areas of great affluence, but there are people who like this lifestyle and consider it a great option to live.

Areas close to the centre, an alternative to choose


The best neighbourhoods of Madrid are the closest to the centre, as is the case of Chamberí, a typical area of ​​Madrid that's very authentic with a wide variety of entertainment offers and shops. However, this neighbourhood does not have any sports facilities or parks, just like some other areas of the city.

Tetuan, the multicultural and financial area

Tetuán counts on very diverse buildings and it converges with the roundabout of Cuatro Caminos, a very popular area due to its great variety of shops and restaurants. The truth is that in this neighbourhood there are large and distinguished skyscrapers or tall buildings, some of them considered as a benchmark within the financial sector of the city, as well as very old houses. There are mainly two districts here: Bellas Vistas and Cuatro Caminos.

Retiro, a neighbourhood with history

El Retiro is an excellent area for walking and sports as it has a very special park that's of great attraction for tourists and locals. In fact, the closer a house is to Retiro, the higher its purchase or rent price. It is considered one of the best neighbourhoods of Madrid, a district with a long trajectory behind its great possibilities.

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Latina district, not "La Latina"

This is an area of ​​great interest, which has several neighbourhoods as popular as Los Cármenes, Aluche, Lucero and Puerta del Ángel. All of them offer excellent links, thanks to public transport (buses, metro and train). On the other side, there would be other neighbourhoods just as famous, but somewhat more distant as Cuatro Vientos, Campamento and Las Águilas.
This district should not be confused with La Latina. Its name pays tribute to the best friend of Isabel La Católica and stands out for its especially quiet areas, with no noise, its green areas like the mythical Casa de Campo and its great ease when looking for parking. In addition, family entertainment is always present with the Madrid Cable Car, Amusement Park and Zoo Aquarium as its main activities.

Salamanca, a very trendy and chic atmosphere

The Salamanca district is one of the most expensive and exclusive areas of the capital. It borders Retiro Park and Paseo de la Castellana, where the coolest boutiques of Madrid and a wide selection of cultural alternatives are accommodated. People who want a more affordable area should not forget about this district, one of the most central and distinguished in the capital.

Chamartín district, an interesting and quiet place

Chamartín is one of the most sought after areas. In this place there are some companies of great importance located in Spain. The neighbourhoods that belong to this district do not suffer from the hustle and bustle of the other previously mentioned areas and they have places that are of a great cultural attraction, like the National Auditorium of the Music and the Museum of Natural Sciences. It also has green areas such as the Park of Berlin, as well as the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium where they have the best sporting events.

Moncloa Aravaca, an ideal choice for families

This area is highly recommended for families and even has new homes for sale with more than one bedroom. This area is certainly ideal for families who have small children, because they can play freely and breathe fresh air within their wide variety of green areas. Its surroundings are perfect for walking or practicing any sport like running or cycling.
One of these places is the famous Casa de Campo, although it is also possible to name other important areas such as the Real Club Puerta de Hierro, the Agustín Rodríguez Sahagún Park and the Dehesa de la Villa Park. In fact, it is a multi-faceted place. Not only is it great for families but also for students looking for places near Ciudad Universitaria.

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Villa de Vallecas, pure modernity

It may not seem like one of the best neighbourhoods to live in Madrid because of its location, but from the Villa de Vallecas district you can easily get to the centre via the suburban train. It stands out for being a modern zone with great avenues, availability of services that facilitate good quality of life for its neighbours and a great variety of green spaces.

Sanchinarro and Valdebebas, new areas in Hortaleza

Chanchinarro is a residential area that stands out for its tranquility and proximity to the airport. The truth is that it offers a great transport connection to reach the other areas of the city and is optimal for families due to its playgrounds and great avenues, which are perfect for walking.
Valdebebas, on the other hand, presents a recent urban growth with more proximity to the airport. Felipe VI Park is one of its greatest attractions. In fact, this is one of the most popular areas of Madrid despite its lack of amenities nearby.

Fuencarral-El Pardo, the widest district

This district stands out from others for its large area, which does not mean that it is the most populated. This is explained by its extensive green areas and small urbanised area (we are talking about 50%). The neighbourhoods that enjoy greater fame are: El Goloso, Mirasierra and Barrio del Pilar. This area is also ideal for students of the Autonomous University of Madrid for its location and ease of access to the centre through public transport.

Areas close to the airport

Ciudad Lineal, great transport links and leisure offers

Ciudad Lineal stands out for its quiet neighbourhoods, with a wide variety of restaurants and excellent links (trains, metro and bus), as is the case of Arturo Soria. Similarly, Ventas and Pueblo Nuevo, near the cemetery of La Almudena.

Barajas: less people and greater serenity

Barajas does not have as many inhabitants as other districts, but it is one of the most representative of Madrid due to its Adolfo Suárez Airport. Alameda Osuna is one of its best known neighbourhoods, a residential area where there is hardly any traffic and where tranquility is part of its way of life.

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