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If you are planning to visit Madrid and your only Sunday plan is siesta, I have to warn you that Madrid is different, and far from resting on Sundays, the city offers you endless plans to make the most of your day.
If you already met someone from Madrid, they will strongly recommend you the Sunday plan par excellence: To make the most of Sunday by discovering La Latina neighborhood and its surroundings.
Speaking about La Latina on a Sunday means talking about vermouth and tapas, enjoying bar terraces in the sun and walking through its bustling squares…The options are endless, and this authentic Madrid quarter and its neighboring Embajadores are becoming more and more trendy between locals and tourists alike. But at the same time, La Latina is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Madrid and a spot full of Madrid history and tradition, as it is shown by the remains of the city walls, and the various churches around the area, such as San Isidro Collegiate Church or San Andrés Church.
Keep reading and don’t miss our 4 plans for a perfect Sunday in La Latina:
Calle Ribera de Curtidores and surroundings.
One of the must-do activities in Madrid on a Sunday is checking out one of Spain most famous flea market: El Rastro. With more than 400 years of history, this popular outdoors market is open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.
The market goes along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores and there you will find an assortment of everyday objects and other curious antiques. In addition, there are many original local shops that sell clothing or decorations. Remember the market is a hotspot for pickpockets, so keep your valuables close!
However, El Rastro is more than just a market; it’s an experience since it is not only about visiting the original stands, but also about walking through the colourful streets of the area, drinking vermouth and tasting tapas in some of the most typical bars of La Latina. Do not miss El Capricho Extremeño, including its well-known tostas of any flavours you can imagine. The place is really small, but it is the perfect bite to sit outside and enjoy it in one of the surrounding squares on a sunny Sunday.
Plaza de la Cebada, s/n.
Just up Calle Toledo you’ll find your next stop, Mercado de la Cebada. It is one of the largest traditional markets in Madrid, where you can find all sorts of quality products and still enjoy the friendly service of a typical traditional market. In their stands, you can find a variety of products, from fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and other foods, to perfumery, flowers or upholstery, among others.
In addition, the outdoor courtyard which is part of the market, decorated with some really cool street art, features all sorts of events like art, theater, workshops…for children and adults. The area is full of artists, musicians, both locals and tourists. All make this space a must for your Sunday plan in Madrid. We also recommend you to walk to La Latina Theatre and have a look at its programme.
Calle de la Cava Baja
We continue our way up the Cava Baja Street, because perfect Sunday can’t keep going without trying some delicious Spanish tapas. In this street in Madrid city centre there are more than 50 bars and restaurants, that offers a varied gastronomic offer. However, if you want to enjoy an authentic Sunday in Madrid, some tapas served with a caña is an essential. Casa Lucio is one of the most legendary places, that offers its famous “huevos estrellados”.
My advice, as this street is usually very busy, we offer you other options to go for some tapas, as Calle de la Cava Alta, Plaza del Humilladero or Plaza de Puerta de Moros. If you are nearby do not miss the famous pinxtos from Juana La Loca tapas bar!
Limits with calle Toledo on the west, Rondas de Toledo, Valencia and Atocha in the south, calle Atocha on the east and calle de Atocha and calle de Concepción Jerónima on the north.
We could not finish this tour without talking about Embajadores, what has been recently named the coolest neighborhood in the world by Time Out Magazine. This title is well deserved, since this traditional neighborhood has lately managed to reinvent itself and become an artistic, cultural and gastronomic center. We recommend you to pop into San Fernando Market, which has become a reference spot for both locals and tourists, since it was remodeled a few years ago at the initiative of a group of young entrepreneurs.
Another must that we personally love is La Casa Encendida. This beautiful building houses a sociocultural centre, where some of the most avant-garde artistic expressions coexist with a bunch of activities related to culture, solidarity, environment and education. Don’t miss their events calendar!
Last but not least, if you are a graffiti and urban art lover, don’t miss the opportunity to just walk along the streets of Embajadores. In recent times, the abandoned walls of this Madrid neighborhood have been decorated with colourful mural pieces, thanks to the work of great artists. You will find them if you are walking through Embajadores street, but especially in La Tabacalera and its walls. Dozens of activities are carried out at this self-managed Social Centre, that also houses an impressive collection of urban art.
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