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Malasana, Madrid

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Unleash your inner hipster in this creative countercultural neighborhood. Malasana was at the center of Madrid’s punkish Movida movement after Franco’s death in 1975, and today hosts some of the city’s best alternative venues for shopping and socializing. Browse the vintage shops, sip coffee in a bohemian cafe, pop into an art gallery, or dance in a lively bar. The Plaza Dos de Mayo is a great spot to sit and watch the world go by. Arrange your visit to Malasana and discover more family-friendly attractions in Madrid using our Madrid vacation planner.
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  • This is the bohemian area, the more artistic side of the old city. It is full of surprises, beautiful bodegas, hotels and B&Bs. This is the spot you need to be if you want to feel the vibe of Madrid i...  more »
  • This barrio might have eclipsed La Latina for a fun evening out....certainly better for shopping. Interesting to walk around the neighborhood.  more »
  • We were staying in Lavapies and decided to take the metro to Malasana which turned out to be a very good decision. Very eclectic area with many funky vintage stores, great boutique shops, bohemian caf...  more »

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The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
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