21 Aug Barrio de Salamanca
It would be great for us if we could help you enjoying and discovering Madrid while you are taking a break from your Spanish lessons. Today we are discovering the wealthiest Madrid’s barrio — have fun while learning Spanish: SALAMANCA.
Salamanca was an area of residential use, especially inhabited by the political and economic elites of the country. This is the reason why its buildings enjoy special interest thanks to its architectural quality and the beauty of its facades. In the last fifty years this residential character coexists with other activities such as business, diplomatic and, especially commercial since it is one of the most important luxury fashion areas of the capital.
Some places that you should visit in barrio Salamanca:
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
In its rooms you can see pieces of Ancient Egypt, Greek ceramics or Roman sculptures together with a rich collection of Iberian sculptural art, among which is the main protagonist of the museum: the Lady of Elche.
It is difficult to visit Madrid without hearing about Gijón cafeteria. Writers and artists have sat at one of its tables since it opened its doors in 1888. The gatherings between its walls were, for decades, symbol and reference of the most illustrious intellectuals of our history. Ramón y Cajal, Pio Baroja, Perez Gáldós or Valle-Inclán.
Some interesting mansions are located on Núñez de Balboa Street, known as the Gallo Mansion designed by Joaquín Saldaña in 1902 or an interesting and original architectural construction known as the Girasol Building on Lagasca Street, designed not to receive direct lightning of sun and take advantage of its energy. Another must is the old Palace of the Marquises of Amboage, today presented as the Italian Embassy in Lagasca Street, a building that won’t leave you indifferent.
WiZink Center, where not only plays the ACB league and Euroleague basketball matches of Real Madrid and other international sports competitions such as the 2014 Basketball World Cup, but also it’s used for concerts of the best international artists.
You can also find the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabeu at Concha Espina Avenue 1.
There are so many places that you should see in this huge neighborhood… so, why don’t you go for a walk and find them out when you finish your Spanish lessons?