City Centre or otherwise called Centro is the core district of the city of Madrid. It is divided into six main barrios (neighbourhoods). Centro is one of the best places to reside in Madrid as, needless to say, it has everything you might need. The core of the district is the Puerta del Sol, located right in the heart of the city. This lovely plaza which is connected by eight different streets is considered by the people of Madrid as the absolute centre of the nation. In this area there are plenty of shops of all kinds as well as many interesting places to visit. One of those is the statue of a bear pawing a madrono bush - an emblem of the city - and a favourite meeting place for both locals and tourists. Immediately after the Sol you will find Calle Preciados and Calle del Carmen - both streets being pedestrianised, therefore it is an absolute delight to take a stroll there and they constitute one of the most popular shopping areas in the whole of Madrid. The metro stop closest to all of these is called Sol. Needless to say, the area is also filled with countless bars and restaurants where you can not only enjoy typical Spanish cuisine but also international meals from all over the world. Near the centre you will also find the beautiful and authentic La Latina which is the historical centre of old Madrid. There you will definitely feel the Medieval-Renaissance charm of the city, with quiet narrow streets around Plaza de la Villa and Plaza de la Paja. A good way to start this historical journey is from Calle Mayor which is one of the city’s oldest streets. It leads the way to the Plaza Mayor which is the most important architectural and historical landmark in Madrid. If you are looking for the ideal district for your stay in Madrid, our best suggestion is the city centre. It combines everything you might need. Historical and cultural landmarks, lovely restaurants, highly versatile nightlife and the best public transport connections in the city.