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Madrid in its districts and barrios

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Historic Centro, sophisticated Salamanca, trendy Chueca, cultural Recoletos, lyrical Lavapies, and La Latina, the showcase of bodegas… all express Madrid's vitality.

In the heart of Madrid, the Centro area is home to some of the most spectacular monuments. This is where you will find the Plaza Mayor, the busy flea market of El Rastro, and Puerta del Sol. Lose yourself in the maze of cobbled streets of Old Madrid and reassemble its history.

Salamanca is another essential area, with its designer shops, upscale restaurants, and sophisticated night-life. Chueca is the trendiest district of Madrid, with its unusual boutiques, casual restaurants, and hipster haunts for night owls.

Recoletos is the cultural quarter, home to the most iconic art museums of the capital. Finally, Lavapies is where the best art galleries are, plus the largest theatres and the most beautiful concert halls. La Latina, meanwhile, is the mecca of tapas bars and bistros.

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