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Amanda from Atlanta asked

Which neighborhood in Madrid is best for a family?

I will be traveling to Madrid in November with my husband and 8yo daughter. 

What barrio (neighborhood) would be a good, safe, quaint, family-friendly area?  We like the pedestrian areas and also café culture. 

In addition to enjoying Madrid we will also be taking day trips to Toledo and Segovia. 

Thanks in advance,


Madrid (Spain)

2 Answers
answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Amanda!! I love Madrid. I consider this is a pretty safe city (careful when taking the metro from Madrid-Barajas Airport to Gran Vía as sometimes there are thieves in the metro stealing wallets).

My daughter used to live in the neighborhood of Chamberí  and she never had any bad incident or complaints. It was pretty close to Cibeles PalacePlaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol , Museo del Pradoand many other interesting places.

I highly recommend to visit Toledo.  It is set on a hill above the plains of Castilla de la Mancha. It has influence from arabs, christians and sefarditas. Therefore, you will be admiring mosques, synagogues and churches, all at the same time and place. Alcázar de Toledo is stunning!!

You can make a 1-day tour, taking the Renfe train at Atocha Railway Station.

You will love it!

PS - by the way, if you are going to be for a short period of time, you can stay in a hotel near La Gran Via. I personally recommend BEST WESTERN Hotel Los Condes, well located, cheap and very clean!

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Madrid-Barajas Airport (attraction)
  2. Gran Vía (attraction)
  3. Chamberí (attraction)
  4. Cibeles Palace (attraction)
  5. Plaza Mayor (attraction)
  6. Puerta del Sol (attraction)
  7. Museo del Prado (attraction)
  8. Toledo (city)
  9. Alcázar de Toledo (attraction)
  10. Atocha Railway Station (attraction)
  11. BEST WESTERN Hotel Los Condes (hotel)
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Maria from Dublin

Hi Amanda, 


We stayed in an apartment in the Austrias area which was very central - within walking distance of Plaza Mayor, Sol, La Latina but was pretty quiet at night and, I felt, very safe. There were lots of good restaurants 5 minutes walk away and the Mercado de San Miguel was also nearby. We booked with and loved the apartment and facilities. Toledo is a great day trip! 

Have fun!

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  1. Plaza Mayor (attraction)
  2. Sol (attraction)
  3. La Latina (attraction)
  4. Mercado de San Miguel (attraction)
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