The upscale and exclusive neighbourhood of Salamanca is one of the most desired areas in all of Madrid to call home. Its wide and tree-lined streets are set out on a modern grid system that makes it one of the easiest areas of the capital to navigate and explore. Built around the three wide avenues of Serrano, Velázquez and Goya, the streets of Salamanca are lined with exclusive boutiques, international fashion houses and sophisticated bars and cafés. Many of Madrid’s best and most expensive restaurants can be found in and around Salamanca, offering a fine dining experience that rivals that of any other European capital. One of the most famous streets in the entire city, Calle Serrano starts at the Plaza de Independencia, home to the symbolic Puerta de Alcalá and the main entrance to Retiro Park. Undoubtedly one of Madrid’s highlights, El Parque del Buen Retiro is a beautiful, central park, which has wide paths and ornamental lakes that attract crowds of both locals and visitors when the weather is nice. But Salamanca is not only one of the best residential areas in the city – it also offers its own unique brand of nightlife as well as a few points of cultural interest. Spain’s National Library can be found next to the impressive Plaza de Colón, where a gigantic Spanish flag flies at full mast throughout the year.
Well connected to the rest of the city, and with a personality all of its own, the barrio de Salamanca is an elegant alternative to the hustle and bustle of Madrid’s historical centre.