What you should know about La Latina in Madrid

What you should know about La Latina in Madrid

La Latina is a neighborhood in the very city centre of Madrid, Spain.

La Latina occupies the place of the oldest area in Madrid, the Islamic citadel inside the city walls, with narrow streets and large squares. La Latina is in the heart of old Madrid, a part of the city with picturesque streets and the most charming and super delicious restaurants available in an European capitol.

The Latina area is an attractive and often ignored part of old Madrid.

In and around this area are the origins of Madrid. Its difficult to put precise boundaries on La Latina, because, like its immediate neighbors, streets are narrow and wind a lot, but for convenience, we will define its boundaries as the calles Bailen and Toledo, the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol.

Apart from being one of the most attractive parts of the city to wander about in, it is home to many particularly fine tapas bars, restaurants, and many spots for nightlife and social life centered in the plazas de San Andres, de la Cebada and de la Paja.

La Latina, Madrid included the quarters that were included within the city as the district of Carabanchel in 1948. In the year 1978, La Latina was divided in the three current districts of Usera, Carabanchel and La Latina. Today, the latter is a beautiful residential neighborhood.

The traveler can access La Latina, Madrid through the Cercanias commuter train line and Lines 5 and 10 of the Madrid Metro. Some of the places of interest near La Latina include: the Parque de Aluche, Centro Comercial Aluche, and Junta Municipal de Distrito, Colegio Publico de Educacion Especial Fray Pedro Ponce de Leon and Polideportivo municipal de Aluche.


La Latina Metro

Line 5 of the Madrid Metro originally opened between Callao and Carabanchel on 5 June 1968, the latter sharing station platforms with then called Line S (for Suburbano) On 2 March 1970, the line was extended from Callao to Ciudad Lineal, however the section between Ventas and Ciudad Lineal was opened as part of line 2 in 1964.

In 1976, section of Line S Carabanchel – Aluche was transferred to the line in order to provide easier transfer to downtown to new railroad line to Alcorcón and Móstoles, now part of Cercanías C-5 line. On 28 May 1980 the line was extended from Ciudad Lineal to Canillejas. On the 27 October 1999, Eugenia de Montijo station was added between Aluche and Carabanchel. The station is on the tunnel mouth of the line and is therefore overground.

The mostly overground section between Aluche and Casa de Campo was handed over to Line 5 after Line 10 was extended south from Casa de Campo on 22 May 2002. On 24 November 2006, a two stop extension from Canillejas to Alameda de Osuna was opened.

A unique feature of Line 5 is that it carries the only above ground island platform at Aluche, and it is the only station were the metro is above the Cercanías, which is normally the other way round. In the future, Line 5 is projected to be extended one stop north from Alameda de Osuna to Corralejos, where it will meet Line 8, however a new station will have to be built here to connect with line 5. Line 5 uses 6-car trains of classes 2000A and 2000B. It was the last line built in a narrow profile and gauge.


East of the La Latina, Madrid lies the Rastro, the most popular open air flea market in Spain that is held every Sunday morning. The word Rastro is Spanish for trail and was coined in the 16th century when a slaughterhouse bordered La Latina.

The Plaza De La Paja is another entertaining and interesting spot in the vicinity of La Latina. It includes the crossroads of the road of Extremadura, with several tributaries of the Manzanares River. The district of La Latina is located over the terrains of the Quaternary Period. It was included in the 1845 administrative division of Madrid which was divided into 10 divisions.


Written and contributed by aparplan