Five secret spots in central Madrid

No one doubts that Madrid is a city full of incredible and magical places. With so much hustle and bustle and noise, it can seem impossible to find less-known places where you can relax without running into crowds of tourists or locals. That is why we have made a list of 5 secret spots in central Madrid that will help you find a bit of peace and quiet in a city brimming with vitality.

1. San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage (Moncloa-Aravaca)

The interior of this little-known hermitage hides a great treasure inside. The monument houses a grandiose collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya at the end of the 18th century, as well as the artist’s final burial place. Despite being called Goya’s Sistine Chapel, few tourists choose to visit it. The reason for this may lie in the lack of knowledge and the fact that it is located somewhat far from the tourist centre.

    • Location: Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, 5 (Metro and Cercanías Príncipe Pío)

San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage

2. Bodega de los Secretos (Atocha)

Just a few steps from Atocha station, we find one of the capital’s most hidden treasures. The Bodega de San Blas was built in the 18th century and has been preserved over the years until today it is a creative food restaurant. It has about 360 square metres in which four galleries intersect to form a stone labyrinth. Undoubtedly a special place to spend a unique evening.

  • Location: Calle San Blas, 4 (Metro and cercanías Atocha / Atocha Renfe)

Bodega de los Secretos

3. Rooftop bar of “The Hat” Hostel (La Latina)

If you are a fan of good views, this is one of the secret spots in central Madrid that you will like the most. This former 19th century mansion is now a hostel with beautiful views over the rooftops of La Latina. Perfect for having a drink in the open air and listening to live music while enjoying the views.

  • Location: Calle Imperial, 9 (Metro Sol, Tirso de Molino, La Latina / Cercanías Sol)

Rooftop bar of “The Hat” Hostel

4. Le Café Bistrot del’Institut Français (Chueca)

In the heart of Plaza Colón, this small terrace will act as a refuge when you want to flee the hustle and bustle of the capital. Here you can relax in the open air while having a delicious breakfast or lunch in the purest French style. The greenery welcomes you from the very first moment, making this little-visited terrace one of the most charming secret spots.

  • Location: Calle Marqués de la Ensenada, 12 (Metro Colón)

Le Café Bistrot del'Institut Français

5. El Bosque Encantado (San Martín de Valdeiglesias)

Finally, we move a little further to sneak into a botanical garden full of magic. Here you will find more than three hundred sculptures, as well as 500 different species of plants from all over the world. The botanical garden is also full of labyrinthine streams, exhibitions and even the natural waterfall of Barbellido. It is one of the secret spots in central Madrid ideal for both children and adults to enjoy

  • Location: Camino de Marañones, 217, San Martín de Valdeiglesias

El Bosque Encantado


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