Essential: a tour de tapas around Plaza de la Paja and the Rastro market
Famous for: the nightlife
In three words: historical, lively, cosmopolitan
La Latina is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and along with Sol is part of the Madrid of the Habsburgs. Predominantly a pedestrian area, it has always been a great mix of cultural and social life, and now deserves its status of undisputed center of nightlife madrileña.
HISTORY: Its medieval appearance is still quite recognisable. La Latina is a historical center of Madrid. Its narrow and twisted streets once followed the path of the water. It was the pedestal for all important events in the Spanish capital. Since the last century La Latina became the artistic heart of Madrid, where the ancient craft shops coexist next door to the trendiest design studios.
ATMOSPHERE: The feel here is young, vital and colourful. In any season of the year the neighborhood is crowded with people from all ages, enjoying open bars, food and company. Tradition and innovation go hand by hand here. La Latina is therefore an ideal choice for accommodation in Madrid. If you want to discover the city, Latina is the perfect location for you.
PLACES: There are two main squares that represent the true heart of Madrid. Plaza de la Paja and Plaza Cebada are the for the nightlife spots- always crowded, noisy and colorful. The street Cava Baja is famous for its bars and restaurant. From Plaza de la Paja you will reach the most representative buildings of the area: the church of San Pedro el Viejo, Puerta Cerrada, the Capilla del Obispo and the Palace of the Prince de Anglona, with its gardens. Do not miss the famous Rastro Market on Sunday morning, a huge flea market where just about everything is sold. It extends far and wide in the heart of La Latina attracting tourists and locals. It is a tradition on Sunday that after a walk around the market, people stop to eat in the area until the rest of the afternoon.
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