Moncloa - Aravaca
Find excitement and tranquility in a student-centric area known for its trendy shopping streets and swathes of green parkland
Make your home in leafy Moncloa-Aravaca, surrounded by the youthful energy of Ciudad Universitaria. Explore six centuries of fashion at Museo del Traje, whose permanent collection includes everything from historic regional costumes to contemporary haute couture. Discover priceless Mayan and Aztec artefacts at imperial history centre Museo de América, or fall in love with the sparkling fountains and Don Quixote statues as you people watch in Plaza de España.
If retail therapy is more your thing, deck yourself out in iconic Spanish brands like Zara and Pull & Bear at Centro Comercial Príncipe Pío, an airy mall housed in a converted railway station. Try Calle Princesa for an eclectic blend of high street shops, independent boutiques and famous department stores, before stopping to refuel at a nearby restaurant. Sample traditional tapas at Basque eatery Dantxari, or swap stories with the locals whilst sampling Spanish vintages at social wine bar Entrevinos.
When the pace of life in the capital gets too much, take a trip to Casa de Campo – a sprawling park criss-crossed with scenic trails and lake-side cafes. Shady Parque del Oeste is another favourite destination for discerning Madrileños, while Parque de Atracciones de Madrid is your go-to for a rollercoaster-fuelled adrenaline rush. From the deck of Faro de Moncloa observation tower, admire dizzying views of Palacio Real de Madrid and the distant Sierra de Guadarrama mountains.