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As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. MADbudget offers some insider’s guides to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city.

LA LATINA, MADRID. La Latina is one of the oldest and most beautiful neighbourhoods that can be found in Madrid. The district is a lively and busy area due to the many bars, pub, picturesque churches, plazas and traditional taverns in streets such as Cava Baja, and in the squares of La Cebada and La Paja.

Cava Baja, La Latina, Madrid

The streets of Cava Baja

La Fuentecilla, La Latina, Madrid

La Fuentecilla, La Latina

Every Sunday La Latina is home to Madrid’s most famous El Rastro open air street market. El Rastro is open every Sunday morning and on bank holidays and happens through the streets from Plaza de Cascorroto Ronda de Toledo. There is plenty to be found at this famous market including t-shirts, household goods, luggage and old flamencos, making it possible for a visitor to spend an entire day there. This neighbourhood is also worth visiting during the most exciting and oldest festivities in honour of the Virgin of La Paloma which take place from the 15th of August.The sights to see include traditional dancing and many madrileños dress up in the traditional regional costumes.

El Rastro, La Latina, Madrid

El Rastro market

Market, La Latina, Madrid

A busy day at the market

Other popular places to see in La Latina are the basilica of San Francisco, el Grande, and the park of Las Vistillas, which is known as the perfect spot for watching the sunset against the backdrop of the cathedral of Santa María Real de la Almudena.

Catedral, La Latina, Madrid

Cathedral of Santa María Real de la Almudena