Chamberí is a highly authentic or ‘castizo’ borough of Madrid that is located close to the downtown and is home to middle- and upper-class residents. With its mix of office buildings and important institutions such as the headquarters of the Popular Party (PP) and the Spanish Cinema Academy, Chamberí has something for everyone.
Chamberí is a large area that spreads west of Paseo de la Castellana and borders Raimundo Fernández Villaverde to the north. This means Chamberí is on the axis of Génova, Alberto Aguilera, and Sagasta streets to the south, and is bordered by Fuencarral Street on the west.
For your convenience, there are many Metro stations in this genuinely Spanish area. Pay particular attention to Bilbao (Lines 1 and 4), Iglesia (Line 1), Ríos Rosas (Line 1), Cuatro Caminos (Lines 1, 2, and 6), Alonso Martínez (Lines 4, 5, and 10), Ruben Darío (Line 5), Gregorio Marañón (Lines 7 and 10), Quevedo (Line 2) and Alonso Cano (Line 7).
Visitors may also travel on many buses that frequently traverse the main boulevards mentioned above and nearby streets such as Almagro and Santa Engracia.
While many new Metro stations abound in Chamberí, it is an old, closed station that will capture your attention. Chamberí Metro Station closed in the 1960s and has been preserved as a museum. The platform, stairs, posters, box offices and other features remain the same today as they were more than 50 years ago. Visitors can also watch various documentaries about the history of Metro de Madrid. This captivating attraction is completely free of charge.
The squares in Chamberí are also wonderful places to visit and relax. Chamberí Square and Olavide Square are particularly peaceful and have an atmosphere that is reminiscent of the late 19th century when this borough was developed. For a livelier locale, Quevedo Square is always bustling with activity.
Beautiful heritage-protected buildings line the streets of Chamberí. One such building is the San José Hospital, a wonder that delights the eye with its 19th-century wood façade. The old Maudes Hospital is also a worthy site to visit. It was designed by Antonio Palacios in the early 20th century.
Palacios was also the designer of the Palacio de Comunicaciones, the current headquarters of the City Council. Finally, the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros de Minas is also a 19th-century building with an eclectic style and charm that draws many visitors.
While visiting Chamberí in Madrid, enjoy a refreshing blend of culture and leisure. Art lovers will wish to experience the Sorolla Museum, which pays tribute to Joaquín Sorolla, one of the greatest Spanish painters of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies. The museum is installed in Sorolla’s old workshop, and tells visitors about the genius from Valencia.
Visitors may wish to visit Olavide square and have a drink in the evening. Plan to enjoy several of its bustling pubs and dance floors as a way to celebrate your Madrid experience.
Lastly, visitors will enjoy taking advantage of shopping opportunities in Chamberí, especially along Fuencarral Street. This part of the avenue features classic and traditional boutiques that all ages may enjoy when choosing anything from small trinkets to luxury brands.
Visitors to the Chamberí section of Madrid have many options for accommodation, including many three-star and four-star hotels with clean, friendly facilities and attentive service. Some examples are NH Embajada, Juan de Austria, and AC Santo Mauro hotels. As an alternative, the Occidental Miguel Ángel is the perfect choice for those desiring luxurious accommodations.
For an unforgettable experience in Chamberí,