Salamanca

The Salamanca neighborhood, one of the new areas included in the program of city expansions which started in the second half of the 19th century, was originally supposed to provide shelter for the working classes. However, it soon became a favorite location for the bourgeois, the upper class, and the aristocracy. Currently it draws a more mixed crowd but still houses most of the city’s expensive restaurants and luxury shops.

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Plaza Colón

Named for Christopher Columbus, this plaza has a statue of the explorer (identical to the one in Barcelona's port) looking…

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Museo Lázaro Galdiano

This stately mansion of writer and editor José Lázaro Galdiano (1862–1947), a 10-minute walk across the Castellana from the Museo…

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Museo Arqueológico Nacional

After being closed for more than six years, this newly renovated museum, enclosed in a massive neoclassical building, reopened in…

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