Situated to the north of Madrid’s centre, the neighbourhood of Chamartín runs from the Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium – which is home to Real Madrid, one of the world’s most famous football teams – all the way up to the Chamartín train station, one of the city’s main transport hubs. A quiet and well-kept residential area, it’s a popular option for families and professionals who are looking for easy access to the many multinational companies located in the northern part of Madrid. The financial district is nearby, where modern skyscrapers blend with international shopping centres, restaurants and bars, as well as the iconic “leaning” Puerta de Europatowers that sit in the centre of Plaza de Castilla, another major transport interchange. One of the more tranquil neighbourhoods in Madrid, Chamartín forgoes the vibrant energy of the centre in favour of quiet streets, large parks and family-friendly homes. The charming Parque de Berlin, near the Concha Espina metro station is dedicated entirely to the German capital, and is the perfect place to relax on a sunny afternoon. The proximity of many of the city’s excellent international schools makes it a great option for anyone coming to Madrid with children. Both traditional and modern restaurants and cafés abound in this area, as do many elegant bars, which means that you do not have to go into the centre of the city in search of a good evening’s entertainment. The enormous Mercado de Chamartín on Principe de Vergara is one of the best food markets in the city – two entire floors filled with stalls selling traditional Spanish produce from every part of the country, from the freshest seafood to the very best Serrano ham. Classy and laid back at the same time, Chamartín is a calmer alternative to the hustle and bustle of Madrid’s vibrant city centre.