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#About the Renewing Neighborhood in Madrid

Once, the Malasana neighborhood (Barrio de Malasaña) at the center of the Plaza 2 de Mayo square, was one of the older and crumbling places of Madrid. Malasana was already set to be destroyed. Young enthusiasts, together with the residents of the neighborhood, opposed the destruction and stopped it completely. In a wonderful civil movement, the neighborhood became one of the trendiest places in Madrid, to a popular residential area, and an area for outings for Madrid's young people.

This is called urban renewal, and this is what turned this tired and gloomy place to a hipster fortress and a real entertainment area, filled with pleasant restaurants and cafes, friendly to locals and tourists, optimistic and full of life.

Today, this is one of the most bohemian quarters in the city. The quarter is known for its cool rock and funk clubs. Each evening the Malasana clubs bring in many young people, that come in groups to the live performances and the parties.

The magical Malasana neighborhood, in north Madrid, is behind the luxury mall Gran Via, the must eat food temple, cultural and shopping centers of Madrid.

Many in Madrid call Malasana el Barrio de Universidad, for the student atmosphere here. Another name that sticks around is Chueca-Malasana, named for the nearby Chueca neighborhood. This is a neighborhood for the LGBTQ community of Madrid, with a liberal atmosphere, young and open. Many tend to see both of them as one urban place, the two strongest entertainment quarters in the Spanish capital.

#The Hours of Malasana

During the passing hours, Malasana goes through different stages and receives a different face.

Throughout the day you can walk along with the elders of the neighborhood, drink espresso in a designed cafe, and enjoy a good meal in restaraunt with a Spanish feel.

In the evenings you can sit at a local bar, or go to a cool alternative rock club, one of the many scattered around.

In the night hours Malasana changes its face. The club atmosphere in the night clubs and the bars become more vibrant, jumpy, and fun. You can see all the big names in the city of Madrid, beautiful, musicians and artists, everyone dancing, drinking, and having a good time.


There is no specific place here. Just come to the neighborhood and wander around. You will discover over and over again hip places, fun things, people, and entertainments. Enjoy!

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Plaza del Dos de Mayo
Plaza del Dos de Mayo
#About Madrid's Northern and Renewing Quarter

Plaza del Dos de Mayo, at the center of the Malasana neighborhood, is the beating heart of the hipster and trendy area of Madrid. Each evening the bar owners take out chairs to the streets, and many customers sit in big and loud groups. The real Madrid experience, Malasana style.

#History of the Square and the Date the Name Carries

The Plaza del Dos de Mayo received its name from a historic event with much meaning that took place here. Everything began on the 2nd of May, in 1808. The city of Madrid was surrounded by French forces, at the leadership of Napoleon Bonapart, who sieged and conquered the city. The French rule over Spain was very severe.

But the people of Madrid did not give in easily. They rose against Napoleon and his troops, and began, right here in this square, the revolt against them. This is how the Spanish revolt began against the French rule. In Madrid they fought the French with everything they had. Many of the brave fighters were young people. One of them, Manuela Malasaña, a young seamstress, was stopped while she was carrying scissors. The French accused her of carrying scissors, as weapon. The explanations that a seamstress carrying scissors was totally acceptable, were not heard. The French soldiers saw it as a weapon and killed her. The Malasaña district receives its name from the young Manuela, and is named after her to this very day.

Today, May 2nd is a celebrated Spanish holiday. On this day, large bullfights take place, with parades by soldiers, leaving from Puerta del Sol square to Plaza Mayor in the morning. Many of the crowds wear traditional clothes, and in the evening a large parade takes place, of the palace guards from the Royal Palace to the Plaza Mayor. In the square itself there are Opera performances in the Spanish style called Zarzuela, and the crowd continues to celebrate, dance and drink, deep into the night.

#About the "The Third of May 1808" Painting by Goya

The execution of the Spanish rebels by the Napoleon forces, after the revolt that took place between the second and third of May, 1808, became the most famous execution in the history of art. This is thanks to the Spanish artist Goya, in his painting "The Third of May 1808," that depicts the events in the most dramatic way. In the painting, French troops are shooting from short range at the innocent civilians.

In the painting a tough scene is depicted, that occurred after the failing revolt attempt of the residents of Madrid against the French forces. The forces gathered a few hundred residents randomly on the night between May 2nd and 3rd, 1808, and executed them. History tells this is only one of the many mass killings that the French committed during the conquering of Spain.

This was the first painting in history, where a war scene was depicting the victims instead of the winners, and are executed. Goya illustrates the amount of victims by drawing those condemned to death, from the end of the left image, which is also the front of the picture, and deep into the interior and center of the painting, Goya painted only the nearest shoots clearly, while the rest are painted in a blur. On the ground he shows the dead lying in their blood, while the faces of the participants in the French firing squad are invisible. The light of a lamp illuminates the faces of those executed and they surrender to death, covering their eyes or ears. Only one condemned to death, wearing a white shirt that illustrates the purity, stood in the center of the group, his body and face illuminated and highlighted in the painting. He looks straight at his enemies shooting at him, raising his hands, as if at his death.

The famous painter Goya commemorated this revolt not in one painting, but in two famous paintings, the "The Third of May 1808" can be seen in the Prado Museum in Madrid, as well as the "The Second of May 1808."


Unlike many tourists, you are invited to sit here and blend in with the locals. A real experience!

The prices of beer, by the way, is similar around all the bars around the square.

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Museo de Historia de Madrid
Museo de Historia de Madrid
#About the Historical Museum of the City of Madrid

In the Museo de Historia de Madrid you can see Madrid's development, in the historical events that it went through throughout the years.

There are a few items displayed from the past - paintings, photos, statues, maps, stamps, clothes, fans, furniture, and more.

The few opinions of the museum are divided. Many see this as an interesting museum for the history of Madrid, and some see it as a waste of time. Either way, since the entrance is free, you won't lose any money if you go in for a look.

Our recommendations: the museum is for history fans only, others might be bored here.

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#About the Classic Spanish Dish Restaurant

The restaurant Albur, in the bohemian Malasaña quarter of Madrid, is one of the most popular places in the city, where you can sit and enjoy popular Spanish cooking, at a comfortable price.

Here you will find a variety of traditional cooking from the Spanish kitchen, like Paella, great rice dishes that are not expensive, great carpaccio, and different tapas.

The food at Albur is not the best in the world, but it is delicious, and this is a classic restaurant to eat at, with great prices, and great service. Many tourists come here and enjoy their meals.


Order a table in advance, because the restaurant is very busy, especially in the evenings.


Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
#About Madrid's Romantic Museum

The Museo Nacional del Romanticismo of Madrid is a place to see amazing collections of furniture, porcelain and ceramics, musical instruments, kitchen utensils, and more. All these are displayed in the halls and living rooms, that in the 18th century many meetings took place of the Spanish nobility.

The private museum is located in the Chueca neighborhood in Madrid, in a house that was built in the 18th century by a family relative of the Spanish architect and designer Ventura Rodríguez.

Here you can see the long dining table of the King of Spain, Fernando VII, and his restrooms, as well as most items from that period. All these will give you an impression to the lifestyle of nobility from the Romantic period of the 18th century.

In the museum, there is a great collection of interesting art, that includes paintings from the great Spanish painters, including drawings by Velazquez, Zurbarán and the Spanish national painter Francisco Goya.

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Monumento A Cervantes
Monumento A Cervantes
#About the Statue of Cervantes and his works Don Quixote and Sancho Pancho

At the center of a square in Spain, the Plaza de Espana, there is a huge and impressive statue of the famous Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, author of the famous novel "Don Quixote."

In the statue is the famous author of Don Quixote, when he is looking at the two most famous characters he created - two bronze statues, of Don Quixote, looking for wind-mills to fight, and next to him the statue of his trusted servant, Sancho Pancho. These two are riding under the author on their known horse and donkey.

The literary Don Quixote did not exactly win the wind-mills but managed to become a symbol for many generations, for those righteous fighters, who were destined to fail while fighting stronger forces, like bureaucracy, corruption, a dirty government, and tourists who want a selfie with a large statue...

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Conde Duque
Conde Duque
#About the Modern Art Complex in the Ancient Building

Conde Duque is a modern art complex in Madrid, where museums and galleries have exhibits and present art, there is an auditorium that holds concerts, shows, plays, and dance performances.

The art complex was built in an old building from the 18th century, and at the center there is the museum for modern art, that holds temporary exhibits or paintings and photos, from the 20th century, and from modern artists.

Lately, the Conde Duque area has filled with clothing stores, restaurants, cafes, and nice and cheap bars.

The city's young population loves Malasana as well, the area where the complex is located. Many come to hang out here, together with tourists that come here to refresh from the many palaces and museums around the city.

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Museo del Jamon
Museo del Jamon
#About the Popular Tapas Eatery in Madrid

Those with a small budget and tapas lovers will find what they are looking for at the popular chain Museo del Jamon, meaning something like "Museum of Ham," Madrid's favorite meat.

This chain offers a large variety of delicious and cheap sandwiches, that the people of Madrid love, alongside a glass of wine. There are also great tapas, that cost only 1.2 to 1.5 euros. A beer or glass of wine can cost only one euro each.

Besides the tapas and seafood bowls, there are great meats and hams, the star of the Madrid kitchen.

Next to all of these in the 'Museum,' there is a row of Spanish baked goods that are really delicious.

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Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
#About the Statue of Don Quixote, his Servant Sancho Pancho and the Author Who Wrote about Them

Plaza de Espana, is a large and green square, located at the end of Gran Via - the main shopping avenue in Madrid. In the square there is a large fountain and lots of pretty greenery. It is the perfect place if you are looking for a little rest from the urban walking, and still want to be in a vibrant urban environment.

At the center of the square is a monument in memory of the national author Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote the novel about Don Quixote. Many have made him into a national and cultural hero, because of his ability to present words of help and frustration of the Spanish nation, that come into action by Don Quixote's battles for the windmills. The statue presents Cervantes himself, as he looks onto the two characters: two bronze statues places under him, one of Don Quixote, and the other of his trusted servant, Sancho Pancho.

It is not for nothing that this whole area filled up with skyscrapers, this is one of the busiest intersections in Madrid. Two of the most prominent skyscrapers at in Plaza de Espana are Edificio Espana (built in 1947, and was built with modern elements and new buildings styles, along with traditional Spanish style), and not far is the Torre de Madrid, which for years has been the tallest building in Madrid.

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Mercado de San Ildefonso
#About the Good Food Market in the Malasana Neighborhood

Mercado de San Ildefonso is a great market, nice and not too crowded if you are hungry and located in the Malasana neighborhood of Madrid. In this market, like in the market of San Miguel, you can find lots of good and delicious food for fairly cheap.

The Mercado de San Ildefonso has 3 floors, that are designed as 20 food stalls and a number of bars. The food here is high quality and really good. This market was built over the ruins of the old covered market that operated here until 1970.

In contrast to most markets in Madrid, which are closed on Sundays, Mercado de San Ildefonso is opened on Sundays as well, and many come here to enjoy eating and drinking with friends.

The Malasana is a particularly bohemian neighborhood. Besides this great market, there are restaurants, and great tapas bars, nice cafes, and many bars scattered around the streets.


If the weather allows it, there is an inner courtyard in the building that is nice.

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