Partying in Madrid
Madrid is one of the world’s most famous capitals. People all over the world are familiar with its importance in the tourism sector as well as its nightlife. The wide variety of activities, among others, offers an interesting range of options to party in a city that acquires a special quality when the sun sets.
Here are some of the most popular areas in the city where tourists will find a nice atmosphere to enjoy a great evening of entertainment and making new friends:
Huertas: One of the most popular and lively streets in Madrid – capital. Visited mainly by tourists and foreign students in the evenings. Located very close to the Puerta del Sol, one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city.
Malasaña: Neighborhood located in the city centre. Broke in the 70s and 80s with the movement known as “Movida Madrileña”, whose atmosphere is characterised by an alternative and bohemian aura with rock and roll tones. Malasaña is the name of one of it’s streets, but is now used to name the whole area.
Chueca: Small neighborhood, centrally located, one of the most cosmopolitan and eclectic ones. Although it’s famous for being considered the “gay area” of Madrid, people of many different urban tribes enjoy their pubs and restaurants together. Many of the highlights in this area surround the Plaza de Chueca, where you can find lots of terraces, great for in hot weather, housing the most important nights of Madrid.
Torre Europa: Located near the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, is one of the most “cool” areas, expensive bars and an environment in which beauty and fashion are two of the most important components.
Some issues to keep in mind when partying in Madrid are transportation and lodging. The underground (“metro”) is one of the best in Europe, but it’s closed from 02:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m. So, if you want to go back during this period the best option is to take a taxi because the night buses that cover the same metro lines can be slower.
The best alternative is to stay in the city centre, so you can walk to most areas. The downtown area has plenty of hotels, hostels and other types of accommodation. If you’re travelling with friends, the tourist apartments offered by GoWithOH can be a good choice, because the price per person per night is usually lower than in a hotel and you can cook and have a drink with your friends before going out.
No matter what your goal is when visiting Madrid, its nightlife is waiting for you everyday to show you a wide and varied mix of people and things to do.
Picture: Thanks to Tinou Bao, https://www.flickr.com/people/tinou/