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Latina Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome To Latina

This southwestern suburb of Madrid is known for being the location of the Manzanares River and is divided into seven wards. It’s the perfect location to stay if you would like to consider a cheaper option outside the more touristy areas, especially considering the accessibility to everything you want to see from the Cercabuas train line and Metro de Madrid. But before you travel too far make sure you explore some of the best this neighbourhood has to offer, right within walking distance of your hotel.

Take a walk!

And by that we mean explore some of the architecture that is prevalent in an area such as this in Madrid. The meeting squares and mediaeval streets are part of what gives this are an authentic charm. This area is mostly frequented by residents rather than tourists so if you would like to mix and mingle with the local characters, there is no better way than finding a bar or tavern in this area. Visiting ‘The Virgin of La Paloma' is one such highlight, particularly if you are fortunate to time your visit in August. In this month you will find the annual including a ceremonial ‘virgin sacrifice’ where you will find an array of street dancing and festivities that throughout the evening. Most importantly, rest assured that no one will be sacrificed during this popular extravaganza. And on your exploration of this area be sure stop by the stunning Basilica of San Francisco El Grande. Both internally peaceful and externally splendid architecture make this one of the best places to visit.

Go to the markets!

And this place is a great place to start. Some of the best are Plaza de la Cebada, which is a covered market located over two floors and is a hub of daily local activity. Arrive early in the morning to make the most of your time at the fresh produce stalls and do note that this market does tend to wind down by 5pm. Aside from that, you can find a number of flea markets in this neighbourhood which are perfect for locating a unique souvenir or gift for friends and family back home. Mercado de Motores is one noteworthy option. It is open the second weekend of every month and well worth a visit for a unique find.

And afterwards, try the local cuisine

Notably, this area has the largest concentration of tapas restaurants in Madrid. So why not explore, indulge and enjoy a quality Spanish meal? While there are a number of places from which to choose, some of the best can be found on Cava Baja and Cava Alta. El Tempranillo on Calle Cave Baja offers generous portions and quality options in ambient Spanish surroundings. Fiestas I La Latina is another great option. Given that this area is famed for being a traditional style part of the city, it should come as no surprise one of the best places to eat in Madrid by reputation. Here you will find an assortment to choose from, including the tapas bar at La Musa Latina

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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