Magnificent duplex of 65 met. in historic building in America. Excellent location Very comfortable and quiet
Located in a building with 2 lifts and a porter, you focus heating and hot water, air conditioning. The apartment has wireless internet connection and telephone with free landline calls.
Fully equipped kitchen with oven and dishwasher. Bathroom and toilet and two sofa beds.
La Latina occupies much of the oldest section of Madrid, sometimes referred to as El Madrid de los Austrias which it resembles to a large extent, and maintains a peculiar urban organization similar to the medieval distribution, with spacious squares and narrow streets that follow the former course of the waters. Its configuration overlaps almost perfectly with the first walled enclosures of the ninth-century fortress, Almudena - and that of the city - Medina - that surrounded it. Its streets have felt the presence of all historical events that took place in Madrid in all periods, without losing its popular character. In this sense it can be said that La Latina constitutes a large part of the true historic center of Madrid.
Despite the remarkable survival of some ancient building - among which are some of the best examples of so-called "casas a la malicia" (malice houses) - the construction of the neighborhood is mostly nineteenth century on ancient plots of collapsed or downed buildings which maintain the urbanism of narrow and broken streets with large plazas. There are very typical buildings with large and numerous windows that sometimes constitute narrow wrought iron balconies, slightly protruding eaves with Arabic tiled roofing and coloured mortar façade. They consist of four or five floors, further divided into flats according to the increase in height, generally devoting the entire first floor to residence for the owner and the rest to rentals.
Similar to the rest of Madrid, the integration of new buildings is also null here and these occasionally appear, breaking the cityscape with their ten stories and exposed brick.
Particularly characteristic was the demolition of the old la Cebada market, opened in 1875 to replace and institutionalize open-air sale in La Plaza de la Cebada and to satisfy the new modernist taste. Health problems and lack of historical consciousness and mid-twentieth century aesthetics led to the ruin of the market, although the nearby sister market, Mercado de San Miguel, still remains, a newly built concrete structure that boasts a great vaulted ceiling making it possible to achieve considerable height without columns, pride of new architectural techniques. Currently the City's draft amendment of the la Cebada market and attached sports facilities, has been stalled due to financial problems facing the town hall.
As mentioned, the plaza of la Cebada has functioned as a food market, usually wholesale, since the fifteenth century, occupying a large space outside the walls of the Puerta de Moros enabled for this purpose. In the eighteenth century city fairs were held here and in the nineteenth century it was also witness to executions of popular relevance such as the General Rafael de Riego hanging, or the execution of the bandit, Luis Candelas, by garrotte.
There is a historical explanation for the two Caves (Lower and Upper), currently two streets that run almost parallel filled with shops and entertainment venues . These originally marked the access holes dug under the wall that allowed access in and out of the citadel even with the doors closed. In the seventeenth century, merchants coming from different areas around Madrid to sell in the market stayed in inns, taverns and hostelries on these streets. Travellers and their horses stayed in facilities governed by their countrymen. These facilities grew in quality and services creating a leisure shopping framework tailored to these visitors with fresh money and little social control. Only some of these lodges and the entire orientation to leisure dining and tavern activities, among which include the Casa Lucio, La Soleá and many other traditional establishments in Madrid of maximum relevance of its kind, are still preserved.
In and around this area are the origins of Madrid. Its difficult to put precise boundaries on La Latina, because, like its immediate neighbors, streets are narrow and winding. There are quite a few nightlife spots, though the neighborhood is best known as having one of the best concentrations of tapas bars (particularly on the Cava Baja and Cava Alta). These tapas bars are most easily accessed by heading north-northeast from the Metro down Calle De Toledo, taking a left (west) on Calle de la Colegiata, and then making a second left, effectively doubling back slightly upon arrival. There are also a number of attractive churches, like the Iglesia de San Andres and the Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande.
On Sundays and major holidays, the Rastro flea-market begins on the eastern edge of La Latina, spilling out of the San Millan exit of the La Latina metro stop to the Plaza de Cascorro all the way to the Ronda de Toledo to the south. Plaza de la Paja is another interesting and entertaining spot of this neighborhood.
On the other side, La Latina borders with Plaza Mayor and overlaps with the ancient part of the town, El Madrid de los Austrias, where the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is located.
Because of its semi-pedestrian character, the price of metered parking, shortage of places to park, which is a really difficult endeavor especially on evenings and weekend nights and Sunday mornings, and the intensity of traffic at all hours - even at dawn on the days mentioned - public transportation is the most recommended and, as far as possible, walking.
Activities and attractions
Restaurants, Tapas bar.,Theatre, Museum, cinemas
Registration number: VT6877
Rentalia Reference num: 232623
Calle Carrera De San Francisco 13, 107
28005 Madrid Madrid (Spain)
0 m to the city center, 12 km to the airport, 4 m to supermarket, 500 m to the train station, 30 m to the bus station, 100 m to the hospital
This apartment is in a perfect location, as it's not only very quiet at night, but at the same time less than 5 minutes walk to the tapas bars in the La Latina district, and a 10 minutes walk to the city center plazas. The owner is very accessible and helpful, even arranging our taxi back to the airport. The apartment itself is lovely, and the bed and the sofabed are comfortable. It has a gorgeous picture window that opens to a balcony that you can enjoy during the day and evening. It was the perfect home for our family of four, and we will definitely come back.
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