The Best Neighborhoods in Madrid

This article gives you our expert shortlist, and an interactive map, of the best neighborhoods in Madrid. We provide one picture and three words for each neighborhood so you can quickly get a feel for the personality of each.  Finally, we include links to more detailed articles you can read when you have the time.

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Now that you have a basic understanding of the different neighborhoods, here are some links that can help you learn more about the best Madrid neighborhoods:

Do you want to learn more about current pricing trends?

Madrid Real Estate Report: 2018 summary and outlook

Do you want to learn more about up-and-coming Madrid neighborhoods?

Best up and coming Madrid neighborhoods for real estate investment

Do you want to know if it is better to invest in a premium neighborhood or an up and coming one?

What are the best neighborhoods for property investment

Do you want to learn if a property is a good investment?

How to determine if a property is a good investment

If you need professional help, have further questions about costs, want to get the best apartment for you and your family and want to save weeks of search and temporary accommodation,


22 responses to “The Best Neighborhoods in Madrid”

  1. Admin says:

    Hi Ben, there are 10 times more unfurnished apartments. However, with the absence of tourists, there are a lot of airbnbs furnished that you can rent cheaply per month.
    As for the cat, if the flat is unfurnished, no problem. If it s furnished, I’d say it can potentially scare a landlord.

  2. Ben says:

    Hi, we are moving to Madrid in October for 2 years and wondered if it is easier to find a furnished or unfurnished apartment (it will determine if we bring all our furniture with us). Also, we will bringing our cat – will that be a major issue for renting an apartment in central Madrid?

  3. maryclare says:

    The ones listed in the post.

  4. Andy says:

    I ‘d like to invest in Madrid to get good investments return and apply for golden resident visa at same time. Which neighborhoods would recommend in Madrid? Thanks

  5. maryclare says:

    Hi Vanessa- the city is pretty safe. Perhaps around Moncloa as there are a lot of students there. The counttry has some of the tightest gun laws in the world, so the only issue is she should be careful if she goes out, especially in very touristed areas, as there is some pick pocketing and bag stealing. She will be safer, in that respect, in a more residential area like Chamberí or Salamanaca. Let us know if she needs help finding a place and I can put you in contact with one of our relocation experts. Best- MC

  6. vanessa emery says:

    Hi there. My daughter is moving to Madrid , from Australia, for 6 months to study. She is only 20yrs old, and I would like a safe area for her to live. Can you provide any recommendations ? Thank you so much, I appreciate your advice.
    Kind regards, Vanessa

  7. maryclare says:

    I live in Chamberí (by the Metro Canal), and that is really good for children. There are sports activities, a large pool and many great schools (including bi-lingual ones). If you wish to move to the suburbs, Las Rozas is also am excellent choice.

  8. Aykut Altınışık says:

    We are a family of 3 from Turkey and applying for a non-lucrative visa soon. Which neighboorhoods would you reccommend for a family to live in Madrid? We are looking at a semi private school for our son. I would like to hear from families who had moved to Madrid with their children.

  9. Marilyn says:

    Some times its a pain in the ass to read what website owners wrote but this website is real user friendly!

  10. […] closing and taxes and even property management once the process is complete. To help you decide on the perfect neighborhood for your property, they offer an online interactive map that provides “an overview of the […]

  11. Kim says:

    I guess you love Madrid as much as I do!

  12. I agree with you. Lavapies is a wonderful area, and a lot of people are beginning to discover its charm. There is a lot of diversity, trending restaurants, and personality. Also, it you do your apartment search well, there are a lot of great bargains for your buck (for rental and for purchase)!

  13. Ernie says:

    I love Lavapies, find it beautiful and unique in spite of its flaws. Wish to live there if given the chance.

  14. Louise says:

    They’re all excellent points! If anyone has any doubts about which neighbourhoods tick all of the right boxes for them, they can just pop us an email and we can help out.

  15. Baner says:

    Madrid is full of excellent neighborhoods, some points one can consider here could be selecting your home in a great school district, a neighborhood with low crime, and most important would be paying attention to your personal preferences with a long term perspective while choosing the right neighborhood for you.

  16. Hi Sean,

    Well, I have had to choose since I live here !
    I live in the Rastro neighborhood, between La Latina and Lavapies. The heart of “castizo” Madrid where all the traditional fiestas happen (La Paloma, San Cayetano…) and the largest flee market in Europe. Multicultural, gritty, non-gentrified: it’s for Madrid lovers who love diversity.

  17. Sean says:

    Hey Pierre, good post. Explains each area quickly and easily so that people can research them without having to read a load of stuff first. Personally my favourite areas to live and stay are Chamberi and La latina. Where would you pick if you had to?

  18. Hi Linda,

    I sent you an email weeks ago. How are you doing now ? did you find an apartment ?
    It always has been a pleasure helping CEPSA professionals move here.


  19. lynda Bent Abderrahmane says:

    Hello Pierre,

    this is Lynda, I will be in Madrid for a few months working with Cepsa and I would like you to help me to find the correct accomodation.

    thank you for contacting me

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