5 squares to discover Madrid

Plaza de la Paja

Nestled in the Madrid of the Austrias, this small square makes you feel as if you are in a village. Its name refers to past activities as the straw for the mules of Capilla del Obispo was auctioned here. Have a beer on one of the terraces and dinner or lunch at the Naia restaurant.

Huerto de las Monjas

Sacramento 7

At number 7 on Sacramento Street you will find the small entrance to the Huerto de las Monjas. After you have walked through a passage under modern buildings, the charming garden reveals itself to you. Until 1972, it was protected by the high walls of a convent (that was demolished).

Jardines Del Palacio Del Principe De Anglona

Príncipe Anglona 1

At the bottom end of Plaza de La Paja, there is a very small and romantic garden. The original 1750 structure was maintained when it was created for the adjacent noble house where the Prince of Anglona used to live. A pleasant hideaway and a good place for a break from the hectic city centre.

Plaza del Angel

This quiet square is located next to the very busy and crowded Plaza Santa Ana with its taverns and tapa restaurants. The elegant Palace of Tepa (now a NH hotel) overlooks the square, which is also home to Café Central, which opened in 1910. Nowadays Central is a meeting point for live music lovers.

Plaza de la Villa de París

Hidden behind the Colon Centre, this beautiful square is also called the square of Justice. Tucked in between the Supreme Court, the National High Court and L’Institut Français (The French Institute) it has an open space with trees and benches. It is also the meeting place for the neighbourhood dogs and their owners.

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