When talking about Chamberi many people refer to the area as if it has nothing to do with the habitual hustle and bustle that characterizes the great avenues of Madrid. A tranquil and authentic place where the neighbours still go to the grocery stores in the area which they treat as they would a second home.
This is because basically what we are all looking for is tranquillity or we allow ourselves to be carried away by trends, but it is true that now more than at any time, Chamberi is in fashion. Either to be seen at the small pubs, to treat oneself to a shopping route or to try the best “tapas” in the city, to visit Chamberi is an obligation for all those who have chosen to spend a few days relaxing at the Hotel Petit Palace President Castellana or Hotel Petit Palace Santa Barbara, which are nearest to Chamberi.
This neighbourhood has a number of outstanding spaces that you should not miss if what you are looking for is to return home with the essential essence retained both in your mind’s eye and by your senses.
- The Galileo Galilei Concert Hall: Not only is it a fantastic concert hall in Madrid but it is one of the most important in the country. A scenario based on the original premises of the Galileo cinema and which was inaugurated at the beginning of the 80’s. Also, some of the principal stars both national and international have performed here and it is a place that has produced many successful televised programmes such as “Ilustres Ignorantes”. More than 1.000 m2 of installations dedicated entirely to culture so if you visit the area do make sure you also book to go to one of the concerts.
- Olavide Square: Although Olavide Square is one of the largest in the heart of Madrid, it is also true that it is a meeting place for the neighbours of the area and the students who go to the University every day. This square, famous for its many small terraces, is perfect to enjoy a cold beer and an authentic squid roll, under the hot Madrid sun.
- Chamberi station: Those who love underground constructions have a meeting out-standing at the old Chamberi station, an underground station that was converted into a museum in 2008. Designed at the beginning of the 20th century by Antonio Palacios, the installations are an authentic journey in time. A journey where we can see how the stations were planned or which publicity posters of the period were top.