9 Things to Do in La Latina, Madrid

The city's oldest neighborhood features can't-miss attractions

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In addition to being Madrid’s oldest neighborhood, La Latina is also one of the city’s most picturesque. La Latina features beautiful churches, great plazas, and historic buildings. Yet despite its age, the area has a modern urban vibe, which you’ll find in its many tapas bars and eateries.

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    If you're looking for authentic Spanish cuisine, Cava Bajais is the place. This street full of character is one of the most famous places to get tapas and drinks, and you'll find restaurants that fit different budgets. The street comes alive in the evening and is a favorite area for thirty-somethings to socialize.

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    Step inside this church dating back to the 1600s and admire its beauty. Under its beautiful dome, you'll see stained glass, gold leaf, cherubs and the tomb of the patron saint of Madrid, San Isidro Labrador. Afterward, take a pit stop for some coffee in the plaza next to the church.

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    Walk down Carrera de San Francisco and you will be greeted by this giant basilica. Its dome is said to be the biggest in Spain and the fourth biggest in Europe. This neoclassical-style basilica houses paintings by Francisco Zurbarán and Francisco Pacheco.

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    One of Madrid's best-hidden restaurants, Casa Granada in La Latina has some of the greatest value tapas deals in town. You'll also find cheap jugs of sangria, which you can pair with an excellent view of the city from the rooftop terrace.

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    In the 13th and 14th centuries, Plaza Paja was a busy major marketplace. Today the shady, picturesque square is a more peaceful place to take a break. Check out the vegetarian restaurants and the terraces where you can sit and drink coffee or beer. 

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    El Rastro in La Latina is Madrid's famous Sunday morning market. But El Rastro is more than just a market—it is a day out, with restaurants offering good menus and street performers that entertain the shoppers. After you've seen the market, step off to some side streets and check out the antique stores.

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    Calle de Segovia is one of Madrid's oldest streets and is home to restaurants and cafes. The view of the old viaduct is quite impressive. Be careful while exploring this street—it's very steep.

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    You won't be disappointed by the paella at this famous rice restaurant on Calle de Segovia. They can even prepare it—and many other dishes—for those following gluten-free diets.​

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    This free museum in La Latina pays tribute to San Isidro Labrador, Madrid's patron saint. It's said to be where the saint performed a miracle. The museum also covers the city's history dating all the way back to prehistoric times.