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N +40º 24' 41.61" / W -3º 41' 51.39"
Welcome to Madrid!
My name is David Perez and I am one of the experts at the TRYP Atocha.
This tour is one of my favourites and the one I would do if it were my first visit to Madrid. LA LATINA quarter forms part of the centre of the city and occupies much of the so-called Madrid of the Austrias.
When you leave the hotel, turn right and go down Atocha Street until you reach Plaza Mayor (formerly known as Plaza del Arrabal). The origins of Plaza Mayor date back to the 15th century when it was the site of the town’s main market. In the centre of the square is the 1848 equestrian statue of Felipe III. I recommend walking around the square under its arcades and then leaving it through the Arco de Cuchilleros (the most famous of the nine arches). The great height of this arch is due to the difference in level between Plaza Mayor and the Cava de San Miguel. Going down the steps, we can see the oldest restaurant in the world, the “Sobrino de Botín” which dates from 1725
Leaving the restaurant on your right, go down Cuchilleros Street where we will see different restaurants and bars until you reach Puerta Cerrada, a square dominated by a stone cross dating from 1738. On the right you can see the copula of the Church de San Isidro, the Catholic church that was previously the city’s cathedral until the Cathedral of Almudena was finished in 1993. The plaza de Puerta Cerrada is formed by the intersection of Cava Baja, del Nuncio, Segovia, de Cuchilleros, de San Justo, de Latoneros and Gómez Mora streets. Leaving the plaza de Puerta Cerrada behind you, take Nuncio Street until you reach Costanilla de San Pedro and the plaza de Los Moros which, together with the plaza de la Paja and the plaza de la Cebada, form the neuralogical centre of Madrid de los Austrias. If you go towards the plaza de la Pajain the background you will see the Church of San Andrés and the Prince of Anglona Garden, one of the few remaining examples of an 18th century stately gardens. Take San Francisco street until you reach the Royal Basillica of San Francisco el Grande.
On the right of the Prince of Anglona Garden, go down the street until you get to Segovia Street and turn left and you will see the impressive Puente de Segovia, renaissance monument by architect Juan de Herrera. If you continue going down the street, go under the monument and on the left there is a path that will take us to the Vistillas where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city, or even take a break and enjoy the sunset. From here you can cross the Segovia bridge and reach the Cathedral de la Almudena, the Royal Palace and the Sabatini Gardens.
Crossing Bailén street you arrive at the Palacio de Orient and the Teatro Real. When you reach the Teatro Real take Arenal street until you get to Fuentes street which will take us back again to Plaza Mayor via Cuchilleros. At the beginning of this street, on the left, it is worth stopping at the San Miguel Market to enjoy a great atmosphere and some traditional tapas.
Every Sunday morning and on bank holidays, you can enjoy the popular flea market which started in the 19th century. Today it runs through the streets from Plaza de Cascorroto Ronda de Toledo. The Rastro encourages you to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, and even buy something from its stalls. Access from the hotel is easy as it is near Plaza Mayor and within walking distance from Puerta del Sol or by metro, getting off at the La Latina or Puerta de Toledo stops.
The area is full of small bars, tascas and restaurants for all tastes and preferences. From Cuchilleros street with its lifelong restaurants and tapas bars to Cava Baja and Cava Alta (highly recommended). At Plaza Mayor you can try one of its famous calamari baguettes and different tapas. For a good paella and impeccable service, El Arrozal at 13, Segovia Street is ideal and for the best lamb in town head to La posada de la villa.
Enjoy the great atmosphere at El Madroño in Nuncio Street, where you are transported to the Madrid of old.
Head to plaza de la Paja, a place where the weekend invites you to sit in one of its terraces. EL DELIC is famous for its mojitos and its great choice of delicious cakes.