The neighbourhood of La Latina in Madrid, also known as the Madrid of the Austrians or the Habsburgs, forms part of the oldest medieval and Renaissance core of the city. Crisscrossed with narrow winding streets which still bear the names of the trades that were once plied here, together with stretches of the city walls, this area has a charm of its own. Come and discover for yourself by booking one of our holiday apartment in La Latina.
Officially, this area is part of the neighbourhood of Palacio, but as with many districts in Madrid, it is better known by its popular names, two of which come from the Austrian dynasty of the Hapsburgs, who ruled Spain until 1700. The name La Latina comes from humanist writer and Latin teacher Beatriz Galindo, who was a confidant to Queen Isabel the Catholic.
La Latina is famed for having the best tapas in Madrid. Its streets are packed with restaurants, bars, terraces, classy cocktail bars and original tapas bars for savouring Madrid morsel by morsel. One of the most renowned is the restaurant Los Caracoles, which specialises in snails in sauce. If you’d prefer a hearty stew, El Malacatín has been serving cocido madrileño since 1895. The legendary Casa Lucio is famous for its scrambled eggs, and Posada de la Villa for its delicious roasts. Foodies will be rushing to book one of our apartments in La Latina de Madrid. Take a stroll along Cava Alta and Cava Baja and discover the typical local bars and taverns, many of which have been there for hundreds of years.
Staying with food, the Mercado de la Cebada is one of the largest markets in Madrid. Its colourful domes make it easy to spot. It’s ideal for buying fresh produce to make dishes full of local flavours in your accommodation in La Latina, Madrid. This market is in Plaza de la Cebada, which takes its name from the barley and other cereals and pulses that used to be traded there. This irregularly shaped square makes a great meeting point and is also home to the Teatro la Latina, where you can catch the latest plays and shows.
Nearby is the Puerta de Toledo, a triumphal arch dedicated to King Fernando VII and Spanish independence from Napoleon’s troops. It was finished in 1827 and was the last of the city gates to be built in this style.
Another must-see is the Plaza de Cascorro, home to the Rastro Sunday open-air flea market that runs down Calle Ribera de Curtidores and the surrounding streets. The Rastro dates back over 400 years and you’ll find all kind of everyday objects, antiques, second-hand clothes, old books, furniture, artworks… Almost anything you can imagine! Give yourself a couple of hours to take it in as it’s usually busy and you’ll need to take your time. Its name comes from the blood stains left on the road by the animals taken the slaughterhouse to the leather factories on this street.
During your stay in one of our apartments in La Latina in Madrid, don’t miss the Basílica de San Francisco el Grande, a neoclassical temple with a superb dome and paintings by the likes of Goya and Zurbarán inside.
Another recommended place to visit is the Museo de San Isidro, housed in a former Renaissance palace, with everything you need to know about the history of Madrid, from its beginnings as a Muslim fortress to its transformation into a metropolis. The museum also has interesting displays of the city’s architectural past and an exhibition on all the traditions linked to the city’s patron saint, San Isidro.
If you’re looking for a spot of peace and quiet in the open air after you’ve settled in to your apartment in La Latina in Madrid, head for the Plaza de la Paja, surrounded by several historic buildings of Madrid of the Austrians. Once there, take a stroll through the Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona, a gem of an 18th-century park hidden behind its walls.
La Latina is one of the most characteristic neighbourhoods in the city. It reaches its splendour in summer, with the neighbourhood festivities in August. The verbena de la Paloma, with its concerts, traditional dances, funfairs, processions and food stalls, is famous across the city. Head up to Las Vistillas, a green area on a hill, with three esplanades at different levels, for stunning views over the city. These gardens are a great place to unwind and take in the panorama before heading back to your holiday apartment in La Latina. From here you can also visit the magnificent 23-metre-high Viaducto de Segovia. If you walk over it, you’ll come to the Palacio Real and Plaza de Oriente.
The charming neighbourhood of La Latina is much loved by tourists and locals alike. It is one of the city’s most authentic areas, full of history and contrasts, as well as being surrounded by museums, cinemas, theatres and emblematic monuments. It’s the perfect place to soak up the city’s rich culture. Only a few minutes’ walk away are Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol , Gran Vía and Parque del Retiro. Book one of our apartments in La Latina, Madrid, now and enjoy the very best of the city!