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About La Latina

La Latina is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Madrid. It’s named after La Latina, the nickname given to one of the most cultivated women of the 16th century. Her original name was Beatriz Galindo, and she was a Latin teacher. Indeed, she was a highly recognised teacher. 

 

Today, this is a very lively area formed by narrow streets, charming cafes and popular bars. If we stroll around La Latina, we wouldn’t say that in its streets there have been several historical events over time, which gives an interesting insight to this neighborhood.

Why live in La Latina?

This neighborhood is located in the centre of Madrid. A lot of young international, especially students, choose to rent a room in La Latina, because it’s considered as one of the best neighborhoods to live in Madrid. Not only because due to its location, but also because of its atmosphere, vibrant and bohemian. 

If you want to live in a great area close to all amenities, where you can see locals and tourists always spending a good time, La Latina is the place to be!

Main spots

Plaza de la Paja

This emblematic square has countless terraces, a palace and a hidden garden behind a wall. 

El Rastro

In this big open-air market you can find second-hand items while enjoying a great atmosphere.

Mercado de la Cebada

This grocery market stands out because it’s decorated with beautiful graffitis. 

Puerta de Toledo

A door that gave access to Madrid in the past, today it’s a beautiful monument worth visiting.

Jardines de las Vistillas

Here it’s celebrated the feast of San Isidro, making these gardens come to life. 

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What to do in La Latina

Cultural Activities

This charming neighborhood is full of squares, corners and places worth seeing, there’s a lot to do in here!

  • Restaurants and terraces: La Latina is known for being the perfect place to have some drinks or to try tapas. Its squares and streets are full of local bars with the most traditional Spanish food and drinks, but there’s also some other different bars to discover. For example, the Ice Bar, where everything is made of ice (yes, the tables and chairs too) and you will feel like you’re in the Arctic. 

The most popular street where to find the best atmosphere and eat some good tapas is Cava Baja. We recommend you to go and explore it yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

  • Sightseeing: although La Latina is more popular for other things rather than the architecture and monuments, it has some interesting spots you must visit to enjoy this neighborhood to the fullest. We’re talking about Puerta de Toledo, Jardines de las Vistillas, La Latina Theatre, the Basilica of St. Francis the Great, San Andrés Church… do a bit of sightseeing and don't forget to bring your camera with you, you will see things that you will want to remember forever!
  • Markets: this area has two markets, Mercado de la Cebada and the most iconic one, El Rastro. The first one opens every Saturday and it offers every type of food on their stands. Meanwhile, El Rastro is the perfect place to walk around and discover any kind of second-hand item. It’s always very crowded, but you will enjoy your time in here for sure. It takes place every Sunday morning, until 3 pm.

Nightlife in Madrid

At this point, we all know La Latina is a very lively area, with bars and squares crowded with people having fun. At night, the fun continues, in fact, it never stops.

Locals usually start their night by having some drinks in a bar, to then end it in a nightclub dancing until dawn. Some popular bars in here are Berlin Cabaret, Black Mamba or ContraClub; and here you can also find Shoko nightclub, frequented by youngsters. 

If you want to enjoy a different but more traditional night, this area has a lot of flamenco houses offering dinners and shows, something you have to experience at least once while you’re in Madrid!

Public transport

To move around from La Latina to other parts of Madrid, you can do it by metro or by bus (there’s day and night buses). In this area, there’s several metro stations, such as:

La Latina (L5)

Puerta de Toledo (L5)

Tirso de Molina (L1)