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Madrid's most beautiful: Lavapiés and Embajadores

"When you arrive in Madrid, I am going to make you the empress of Lavapiés, and carpet Gran Vía in carnations and bathe you in wine". The lyrics of perhaps the most famous poet leaves no doubt as to which neighbourhood best synthesises the charm of the capital of Spain. Indeed, visiting Lavapiés and Embajadores will leave you wanting more. And despite referring to them as two separate areas, both of them actually make up the same neighbourhood.

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Starting our tour from the area of ​​Lavapiés, we will visit the very heart of the city. The first thing to keep in mind is that the fact of preserving the essence of Madrid par excellence (appreciable in streets, squares, bars and any traditional place) does not suppress the influences of other cultures. This is the most logical concept in the world because the neighbourhood has historically nurtured the arrival of residents from various origins, with a certain predominance of Latin American cultures (not surprising that the poet we have referred to is a Mexican).

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In any case, when buying a house in Lavapiés, we can be sure of a direct access to places such as the San Fernando Market or the well known market of El Rastro (which does not belong to this area but is very close). Needless to say, the most authentic locations are those within the vicinity of Plaza de Lavapies and Real de Lavapies Street. For recommendations, the bookstores and the intense theatrical and cinematographic programmes constitute the great cultural offer of the neighbourhood, which can also be enjoyed when buying a house in Embajadores.

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As far as the Embajadores neighbourhood is concerned, this is the southernmost area of ​​the Centro district. Throughout its complex urban plot, there are multiple meeting points available, this being its main asset within the map of the capital. Tirso de Molina Plaza and the street that the neighbourhood is named after are the best examples in this regard. Logically, cultural activities are run by institutions as prestigious as the Reina Sofia Museum, complemented by options such as Escalera de Jacob. 

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In short, buying a house in Embajadores is one of the simplest and most comprehensive ways to get to know first-hand what makes Madrid one of the European capitals with the greatest social pulse. And within the neighbourhood, the most picturesque corners welcome you to buy a house in Lavapiés. Either way, you can always trust and rely on an agency like Engel & Völkers.

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