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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 pedestrian area, it has always been the heart of a great mix of cultural and social strata, and now earns the Medal of the undisputed center of nightlife madrileña.
HISTORY: its medieval appearance is still quite recognizable. La Latina is part of the historical center of Madrid: it is shown by its narrow and twisted streets, which once followed the path of the water. It was the scenario of all important events of Spanish capital and since the last century La Latina became the artistic heart of Madrid, where the ancient craft shops live next door to trendiest design studios.
ATMOSPHERE: we breathe a magic atmosphere along twisted streets and framed squares. Life here is young, vital, without losing its strong brand. In any season of the year the neighborhood is crowded with young and old people enjoying open bars, food and company. Tradition and innovation go hand by hand here. La Latina is therefore an ideal choice for apartments Madrid: you could not be more central located while exploring the city.
PLACES: There are two main squares that represent the true heart of Madrid. Plaza de la Paja and Plaza Cebada are the spot for the nightlife, 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 which sells just about everything, and 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 through the rest of the afternoon.
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