Plaza de Lavapiés

La Latina & Lavapiés

The triangular Plaza de Lavapiés is one of the few open spaces in Lavapiés and is a magnet for all that’s good (a thriving cultural life) and bad (drugs and a high police presence) about the barrio. It’s been cleaned up a little in recent years and the Teatro Valle-Inclán, on the southern edge of the plaza, is a striking addition to the eclectic Lavapiés streetscape.

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Nearby La Latina & Lavapiés attractions

1. La Corrala

0.11 MILES

One building that catches the community spirit of the lively Lavapiés is La Corrala, an example of an intriguing traditional (if much tidied up) tenement…

2. La Casa Encendida

0.22 MILES

This cultural centre is utterly unpredictable, if only because of the quantity and scope of its activities – everything from exhibitions to cinema…

3. El Rastro

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4. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

0.38 MILES

Home to Picasso’s Guernica, arguably Spain’s most famous artwork, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Madrid’s premier collection of contemporary art.

5. Convento de las Trinitarias

0.38 MILES

When Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra died in 1616, his body was interred at the Convento de las Trinitarias, which is marked by a plaque. For centuries, no…

6. Calle de Cervantes 2


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7. Plaza de Santa Ana

0.41 MILES

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8. Instituto de San Isidro

0.42 MILES

Next door to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Buen Consejo, the Instituto de San Isidro once went by the name of Colegio Imperial and, from the 16th…