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Lavapiés is the oldest neighborhood in Madrid, and its origins go back to the time of the Jews. This area was inhabited only by Jews, they gathered together in the Synagogue (the actual San Lorenzo Church), and the neighborhood takes its name from the popular tradition they had at that time; they used to wash their limbs at the fountain in the main square, as a ritual of purification before starting their prayers. When the Jews were expelled in the 15th century, some of them converted to Catholicism in order to survive in the neighborhood. That’s why the oldest streets now have have names that exalt the Catholic religion.
Today, this neighborhood is inhabited by people from all over the world and we can clearly see different cultures coexisting.
Lavapiés is located in the centre of Madrid, right in Embajadores district, the biggest one in central Madrid. It’s close to some of the most interesting spots of the city, and along with its multicultural atmosphere, it’s one of the reasons why young students and workers are attracted to this area.
If you rent a room in Lavapiés you will discover that despite being in the centre of Madrid, you will feel like in a world of its own, where locals are very welcoming and there's space and opportunities for everyone.
At helpHousing we want you to have the best possible experience in Madrid, that’s why we provide you with high quality accommodation, such as rooms for rent in Lavapiés as well as personal assistance.
If you like Lavapiés atmosphere, wait to see it at night, you will like it even more! Be prepared to enjoy an incredible and unforgettable night in here. There’s a lot of bars where you can have some drinks and meet people from everywhere. But not only the people is multicultural, also the music and the rhythms. There’s a lot of locals with different vibes, you just have to find the one that suits you the most! You can’t miss La Candela or El Juglar, two of the most popular ones. To continue the night, we recommend you the nightclub Club 33, a typical of this neighborhood. Here is where the party is!
Lavapiés is well connected with the rest of the city, as it’s close to central points such as Sol. The main train station in here is Embajadores (C5). You can find these metro stations:
Embajadores (L3, L5)
La Latina (L5)
Tirso de Molina (L1)
Estación del Arte (L1)