In brief: The area stands out for its characteristic gridiron street pattern. A residential area with few tourists that is home to luxury restaurants and shops.
Highlights: The Paseo de la Castellana, shopping in the Calle Serrano, the Puerta de Alcalá with access to the Retiro Park, and the Residencia de Estudiantes, where Federico Garcia Lorca, Salvador Dalí and Miguel de Unamuno lived.
Getting there: Well-connected, the Salamanca district can be reached by taking the metro to the following stops: Colón, Serrano, Velázquez (L4), Goya (L3 and L5), Retiro and Príncipe de Vergara (L2).
Why stay: A residential area, peaceful and safe at night. Central, well-connected and close to the large green spaces of the Retiro Park.