Home to the Atocha Train Station, this centrally located barrio is right on the edge of Parque Retiro.

La Reina Sofia, C/ Santa Isabel, 52, 28012
This huge contemporary and modern art museum is a must-see on anyone’s trip to Madrid. It’s full of treasures such as Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, and other exhibitions that are always changing.
Check the website to see what’s currently there are to find out about the tickets and hours, most museums have a day or time that is free, and it’s always a good idea to look into as the Reina Sofia is no exception!


Guernica is one of the most famous paintings by Picasso- The painting is believed to be a response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, by German and Italian warplanes at the request of the Spanish Nationalists. Upon completion, Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed, and believed to have helped bring worldwide attention to the Spanish Civil War.

Herbolario (natural food shop):
Nutrición Y Dietética, C/ San Eugenio, 1, 28012 right by metro Anton Martin.
This is one of my long-time favorite natural food and vitamin shop run by really nice people. I would always make sure to go in and buy some fresh goat milk or eco-honey if I was in the neighborhood.


Madrid Barrio Guide

One of my favorite things about the city of Madrid is how very distinct each neighborhood or ‘barrio’ is. You can walk between the neighborhoods in the center or take the metro. For me, living in Malasaña, it would´t take more than half an hour to reach most of the places I would go. Remember that many Spanish businesses close each day around 14h-14:30h and open around 17h-18h for siesta. Siesta, my friends, is a blessing and a curse.

The barrios that I have written about so far are as follows…







La Latina

Gran Vía