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So, you’ve just arrived in Madrid.

(Hi there! It’s great to see you!)

All it takes is a left turn out of Atocha train station, and a right at Calle del Áncora, then voilà! You’re here, at our brand new Coliving space.

Super close to the station, and right in the heart of Madrid, Atocha is a big up-and-coming area, so it’s a great place to be right now.

It’s beautiful, full of tree-lined streets, and there’s plenty going on.

Atocha restaurants and bars

What better way to meet – and get to know – your fellow Colivers than over a beer and good food?

Luckily, Calle del Áncora is full of bars, cafés and restaurants with great food and drinks.

Sésamo, for example. It’s a wonderful coffeehouse with fresh salads and tasty smoothies. They even have burgers, if you fancy treating yourself a little.

If it’s a bit later in the evening, why not try La Tarara? With delicious snacks and tapas, this charming tavern has around thirty different vermouths you can taste. Yes, thirty!

Prefer cocktails? Head to Havana-inspired Coppelia Madrid instead. They have unbeatable Cuban sandwiches and sometimes live music as well.

Or, if you’re more into craft beer and tacos, Spoiler Bar is the place to be. They even have an Escape Room – what a great icebreaker for you and your new fellow Colivers!

Spoiler Bar
Coppelia
Sésamo
Coppelia
La tarara

Attractions near Atocha

So, you’re all settled into your room, studio or apartment, and it’s time to take a look around the city.

It’s probably best to start at the attractions.

We’re lucky enough to have one of the world’s biggest modern art museums right on our doorstep – Reina Sofía.

Specializing in 20th-century pieces, it mainly shows Spanish art, with incredible collections by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

They often have temporary exhibitions as well, so make sure you check out their website to see what’s showing at the moment.

You could spend hours taking everything in, but make sure you leave enough time to visit Museo del Prado too.

It only takes 20 minutes to walk there from Urban Campus, Atocha, and it’s well worth it – it’s one of the world’s most prestigious art museums, with a mind-blowing collection of European art.

With paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, there are around 1,300 pieces on display at once, including Velázquez’s masterpiece ‘Las Meninas’.

Museo del Prado
Museo Reina Sofía

Sightseeing near Atocha

While you’re visiting Museo del Prado, make sure you take a stroll down Paseo del Prado as well – Europe’s first tree-lined urban promenade.

Dating back to the 16th century, it was created as a space where people could enjoy nature inside the city. The trees are now hundreds of years old!

This boulevard is closely linked to El Retiro Park nowadays – they share the title ‘Landscape of Light’, and the area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2021.

The park is a beautiful space in itself. It’s huge, filled with statues, monuments and fountains – there’s a Forest of Remembrance too, for the victims of the 2004 terror attacks in Madrid.

If you enjoy a day out in the open, you’ll love wandering through its landscaped gardens and renting a boat to paddle on the ponds.

Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro
Parque del Retiro

Atocha train station

Of course, we couldn’t talk about Atocha without mentioning the train station.

It’s just around the corner from Urban Campus, Atocha – it only takes 15 minutes to walk there – and it’ll make all the difference to your stay.

With hundreds of thousands of passengers using it every single day, there’s a reason they call it ‘a gateway to the rest of Europe’!

Just think – there are countless day trips you could go on and so many weekend getaways.

You’ll never have a dull moment with your fellow Colivers in Atocha.

 

Atocha
Atocha
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Marta

marta.torresvilas@urbancampus.com

Marta is our Marketing & Comms Manager. She is in charge of creating our Marketing and Communication Strategy to make sure the entire world knows about our great Brand. Before joining Urban Campus, Marta has worked as Marketing Manager for different well known companies like trivago or the NH Hotel Group.

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