Barrio de Salamanca
Barrio de Salamanca
4.5
NeighborhoodsHistoric Walking Areas
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Poshest, most conservative section of Madrid was developed through the investments of the Marquis of Salamanca.
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Address
Neighborhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Lista • 2 min walk
  • Manuel Becerra • 6 min walk
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,871 reviews
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Very good
611
Average
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Martina B
Munich, Germany639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed it- plenty of shops and not that touristic. Beautiful architecture, nice cafes. You can definitely feel there the spirit of Madrid and that it is a more high-class but also area with locals. Sit down and spend time observing the locals to get a feel of the way they live.
Written January 3, 2020
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travelinspiration
Dallas, TX355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Had high expectations for Salamanca touring - as read it was very posh, many mansions, etc. It is true there is high end shopping but very spread out, and perhaps a mini narrow mansion (not as opulent as Paris, etc) squeezed in between other buildings. It was far more busy (weekday - noon) than expected, even on less busy streets - didn't seem very posh or peaceful. Not a must see unless really into high end shopping.
Written October 28, 2022
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Helen C
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Shop district with trendy shops and nice streets to walk on a sunny afternoon. Plenty of cafes to stop by and located close to several attractions. Recommended after visiting one of the several good museums of Madrid
Written April 18, 2022
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Shanghai, China7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
This is a posh barrio for shopping, eating and drinking, even when you have limited budget, window shopping could be fun. But not when you are a solo traveler in the heat at 38 degrees. Felt like melting on the street...
Written July 7, 2020
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CK2000
New York City, NY301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A nice stroll through narrow streets with high end shops. This is a nice neighborhood and our understanding is that it is a fairly wealthy area. It certainly seems that way given the shops we passed. Not sure there is anything worth mentioning to visit in this area other than, perhaps, Mercado de la Paz.
Written August 31, 2023
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Tanmouss
Oslo, Norway3,072 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
I just love those charming little streets with nice shops, restaurants and trees. It's like a small village that humanizes the city. Great to escape summer heat, have a good meal or shop around. Go to Calle Juan Jorge or Calle Puigcerda for a large choice of restaurants.
Written September 6, 2020
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
The Barrio Salamanca is the most upscale neighborhood in Madrid. This is where the rich live and it is also the safest, especially at night. I always stay at the Melia Galgos in this barrio because it is beside Calle Serrano, the new Fifth Avenue of Madrid. It has many good shops. Neighboring streets such as Calle Goya, Calle Lagasca, and Calle Ortega y Gasset are also good shopping streets.

The barrio has the Museo Lazaro Galdiano at Calle Serrano, a very good museum that gets little tourism. It has paintings of Goya and other famous painters, as well as collections of jewelry and art objects. Nearby is the Juan March Foundation, which always has free art exhibits, usually a monograph of a famous artist.

If you stroll by Calle Velazquez, you will see many beautiful buildings that have great architecture.

Near the corner of Calle Goya and Serrano is a little shopping mall called Jardines de Serrano, which has a very good cafeteria with very good bakery products.

At Calle Serrano, 61, is the ABC Serrano Shopping Mall, which also has a good cafeteria.

The Villa Magna Hotel is located at the corner of Ortega y Gasset and the Paseo de la Castellana. There is a Chinese restaurant here called Tse-Yang, which is the best Chinese restaurant in Spain.

There are two El Corte Ingles stores on Calle Serrano and another two at Calle Goya.

So the Barrio Salamanca is a wonderful barrio to explore and see very unique shops.
Written March 17, 2012
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
The Barrio de Salamanca is famous for its shopping. Today Calle Serrano is promoted as the Fifth Avenue of Madrid and the sidewalks are new and new trees have been planted. It also has very good architecture. You can find some old buildings that are very beautiful. You can also walk along Ortega y Gassett and see good architecture there. Also walk along Calle Velasquez. Back on Calle Serrano there is the El Corte Ingles Department Store and near it is the ABC Center, a hidden shopping mall. Near the corner of Serrano and Calle Goya is the Jardines de Serrano, which has a very good cafeteria with yummy desserts. Do not forget to see the Lazaro Galliano Museum on Calle Serrano. It is a beautiful palace museum which few tourists see, but is wonderful. The nice thing about the barrio is that there is no prostitution allowed and there is high security. You can walk at night in the neighborhood and not worry at all. I always stay at the Melia Galgos Hotel in the barrio, with one of the best breakfast buffets in Spain.
Written October 4, 2011
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Gato188
Canberra, Australia439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
While visiting Spain in January and February 2012, we (a middle-aged couple) went out to Calle José Ortega y Gasset in the Salamanca district of Madrid in pursuit of my spouse's fashion interests. The major luxury brands and boutiques are not in the touristic zone of old Madrid - they are out here in the Salamanca district, mainly along a few blocks of Calle José Ortega y Gasset, east off Paseo de la Castellana. The brands clustered here include Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermès, Escada, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and many others. There are also numerous stylish coffee shops, bars and restaurants in the Salamanca district. Many embassies are here or nearby. Accommodation options in the district include holiday apartments which may be attractive alternatives to experienced and frequent travellers to Madrid.
We spent 3-4 hours in the Salamanca branch of the wellknown El Corte Inglés department store on the corner of Calle José Ortega y Gasset and Calle del Serrano. In this Corte Inglés my spouse found not only a better range of name brand fashion than in other branches, but prices she considered highly competitive in international terms. So this district is highly recommended to the ladies - and carries a big red "enter with caution" sign for my fellow man.
Written March 17, 2012
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
The Barrio de Salamanca is the best place to stay in Madrid, and it is where the rich people live. The barrios is also the safest, with plenty of security. There is no prostitution allowed and there are few pickpockets. You can walk at night at any time and be perfectly safe.

The barrio also has very good shops, many on the high end at Calle Serrano and Ortega y Gassett. Calle Lagasca has very good shops, a bit more economical.

For afternoon tea or coffee, try Embassy at Paseo de la Castellana, 12. This is where the chic ladies go.
Written May 23, 2014
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