La Latina is one of the oldest and most traditional areas in the Spanish capital. The proof is in the city walls, the tiniest to largest churches that seem to spring up out of nowhere along the streets, and even the Segovia viaduct and the Puerta de Toledo that mark the district limits. The Mercado de la Cebada, one of the biggest markets in Madrid, is the perfect fusion of all things traditional and modern that characterise this barrio.
La Latina is synonymous with going out for beers in Madrid. At weekends it’s nearly impossibe to find a spot to squeeze into the jam-packed bars and restaurants to get lunch or dinner, although on workdays it’s a regular, everyday part of the city, with locals shopping at the Mercado de la Cebada and kids playing in any of the numerous squares. Don’t miss having a look at the beautiful churches and basilicas hidden in the narrow streets.