The neighborhoods of Madrid are 131 and are grouped into 21 districts. Madrid has as many different facets and faces as there are neighborhoods. In the capital of Spain there are thousands of hidden corners and charming places to stroll, relax or have fun. From Fuencarral-El Pardo to Villa de Vallecas, and from Barajas to Carabanchel, through Retiro, Centro or Chamberí.
In this guide to the neighborhoods in Madrid we want to bring you as much information as possible to make your search for housing in the capital much easier. Since Madrid has more than 100 neighborhoods, we will divide Madrid into its districts and we will give you useful information when looking for an apartment or a house. You will find interesting information whether you are looking for a house as a student, for your whole family, coming to Madrid to work… We are sure you will find the option that best suits your needs.
Districts of Madrid
Fuencarral – El Pardo
Fuencarral-El Pardo is characterized for being one of the largest districts, but at the same time less populated and with more variety among its neighborhoods. Here are the Barrio del Pilar, Mirasierra and El Goloso, very suitable for families because they have many schools, health services and parks. Other newer neighborhoods are Las Tablas, Tres Olivos or Montecarmelo. It is at the northwest exit of Madrid, and consists of eight neighborhoods.
Moncloa – Aravaca
Its seven neighborhoods are home to almost 117,000 people, and it is characterized by a large number of leisure facilities for young people, especially because some of the city’s most important universities are located here.
✔️Casa de Campo
Living in Aravaca is an option for everyone. Especially if you want to get away from the noise and pollution without leaving the Community of Madrid.
Tetuán is, together with Chamberí, the most densely populated neighborhood in Madrid. Despite having an area of only 537 hectares, 153,789 people live in its six neighborhoods. Although it is close to the Castellana and the financial district of AZCA, in the northern part of Madrid, it is not a relatively expensive area, neither to buy nor to rent.
Located northeast of Madrid, it includes the former municipality of Hortaleza and part of Canillas, both now annexed to the capital. A total of 180,000 people live in its six neighborhoods.
✔️Pinar del Rey
Located in the north of the capital, it is one of the most expensive areas of Madrid. It is home to some of the most important companies in Spain, some of the most representative skyscrapers of the Madrid skyline and one of the busiest train stations in Spain, now called Madrid-Chamartín. At present, some 140,000 people live in its six neighborhoods.
Without being a large district, Ciudad Lineal has become one of the most populated, with more than 212,000 inhabitants. It is located near Chamartín, and is the district with the largest number of neighborhoods in Madrid, with 9.
✔️San Juan Bautista
Chamberí is the smallest district in the city of Madrid, with just 467 hectares. However, it is the most densely populated, reaching 300 inhabitants per hectare. It is well located in the center of the city, and consists of six neighborhoods.
The Salamanca district owes its name to its builder, the Malaga-born José de Salamanca y Mayol, Marquis of Salamanca, who promoted and built it partly in the 19th century. Today, it is one of the most expensive areas of Spain and home to some of the highest incomes in the country who want to live in the center of the capital. It is made up of six neighborhoods.
✔️Fuente del Berro
To the east of Madrid lies San Blas, a primarily residential district. The recent renovation of the Atlético de Madrid stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, has transformed its neighborhoods, giving them a dynamism that its residents never imagined. It has more than 154,000 inhabitants spread over eight neighborhoods.
Barajas is the least populated district of Madrid, with less than 47,000 inhabitants. However, it is one of the most important from the point of view of communications because it is here where one of the largest airports in Europe by volume of passengers is installed, the Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport. Located to the northeast of the city, it consists of five neighborhoods.
✔️Alameda de Osuna
✔️Casco Histórico de Barajas
It is the oldest area of the city, the most touristic, the one with the most leisure and restaurants and, of course, the most cosmopolitan. In its more than 5 square kilometers live a total population of almost 150,000 people. Most of them are young people living on rent. It consists of 6 neighborhoods.
This district is named after the most important public park in Madrid and also the best known, the Retiro. Located in the eastern part of the center of Madrid, it is the lung of the city and one of the most expensive districts of the capital. It is composed of six neighborhoods.
It comprises the territory east of the Manzanares River and entirely within the perimeter of the M-30. In its more than 6.46 square kilometers live just over 151,000 people spread over seven neighborhoods.
✔️Palos de Moguer
Located in the eastern part of the city of Madrid, outside the M-30. Moratalaz has an area of 6.34 square kilometers and a population of 95,036 people. It is composed of six neighborhoods.
In the southern area of Madrid is the district of Villaverde, characterized by its low rents and affordable housing. It has 142,000 inhabitants living in its five neighborhoods.
✔️Villaverde Alto, Casco Histórico de Villaverde
South of the Manzanares River is the district of Usera. Although in the 90’s it was one of the most unsafe neighborhoods in Madrid, since the 2000’s Usera has been revitalized to become the Chinatown of Madrid par excellence. Currently, about 134,000 people live in its 7 neighborhoods.
The district is located southwest of the city of Madrid. It is one of the largest in the capital both in size and number of inhabitants, with well over 233,000 residents. It is composed of seven neighborhoods.
✔️Puerta del Angel
Carabanchel is the most populated district of the capital of Spain. Its more than 243,000 inhabitants are distributed among seven neighborhoods in the southern area of Madrid, characterized by affordable housing and low rents. All of them are located in the southwest of the city and close to the towns of Leganés and Alcorcón.
Located southeast of the capital, Vicálvaro is home to some 70,000 people who live in 4 neighborhoods.
✔️Casco histórico de Vicálvaro
Puente de Vallecas
With about 241,000 inhabitants, it is one of the most populated districts of Madrid and probably one of the best known outside the capital. It is located on the southeast side of Madrid, beyond the limits of the M-30, and consists of six neighborhoods.
Villa de Vallecas
Located to the east of Puente de Vallecas, where its boundaries end, it arose after the division of 1987, so it is relatively new. It currently has almost 93,000 inhabitants, a third of its neighboring district. It has three neighborhoods.
✔️Casco Histórico de Vallecas
✔️Ensanche de Vallecas