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About La Latina
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Both historic and modern, La Latina is one of Madrid’s most unique neighborhoods. On one hand is its historic and popular side, as most of the city’s oldest buildings actually lie in La Latina, and the neighborhood retains a strong identity with many popular traditions, most notably those tied to San Isidro. On the other hand, La Latina is now home to many good restaurants and bars and irremediably projects a sense of urban cool.
See & Do
As the city’s oldest neighborhood, La Latina has many attractions related to the history of Madrid, as well as the city’s religious affiliations. Among the most outstanding are the San Isidro Museum, San Francisco El Grande Church, San Pedro El Viejo Church, Plaza de la Paja and Príncipe de Anglona Garden.
The La Latina neighborhood is particularly notable for its many good Spanish restaurants and tapas bars. In fact, the neighborhood has the highest concentration of traditional tapas bars in all of Madrid. And for a quality Spanish meal, head to one of the restaurants along Cava Baja or Cava Alta.
The La Latina neighborhood has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of bars and restaurants for every night of the week; however, La Latina is "the" place to go in Madrid for a Sunday evening drink. Expect lots of crowds, especially local thirtysomethings, and good people watching.