What is the best area to stay in Madrid?
If you want to be right in the heart of the action stay along the Gran Via, Madrid’s main promenade is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. Just a short distance away is the the Plaza Mayor, another popular area in central Madrid but not as busy as the Gran Via. Puerta del Sol is home to Madrid’s buzzing nightlife, this area is easy to access from all areas of the city by three metro lines.
To the west of the city centre is the Opera area, home to the grand opera house Teatro Real, the impressive Royal Palace and other beautiful historical buildings.
To the east are the areas of Retiro and Prado, Madrid’s most famous museum district, home to the Prado and Reina Sofia museums. Wander down tree-lined avenues, be amazed by street entertainers and sit in the pavement cafes, a more relaxed and bohemian vibe.
North of Madrid is Salamanca and Serrano, great places to do some shopping in upmarket designer boutiques and a convenient location to stay if you are planning to visit the legendary Bernabeu football stadium.