Make a holiday apartment in Moratalaz your home away from home
Looking for a holiday villa in Madrid can be tricky, what with the great deals and numerous offers on the market. However, if visitors to this city are looking to live in a neighbourhood with a bit of Spanish history, then a holiday apartment in Moratalaz will be the ideal home for them. It was put on the map by famous musicians such as Melendi and Alejandro Sanz who used to live here. Before the 1960s, Moratalaz had only one paved street and around forty houses; but over the years it has developed into the suburb that it is today. Apart from learning about Spain’s history first-hand, living in a Moratalaz holiday home will allow holidaymakers quick access to its many big parks and open spaces. If they are lucky, they might even buy a house that was previously owned by one of the many well-known musicians who once lived in this area.
Things to do
-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: This is the only known Mormon temple in the whole of Spain. It is located in Moratalaz and was opened in March, 1999. It has about 30,000 members from Spain, Portugal, and southern France. The temple is a tall, impressive monument and includes a skate centre, Missionary Training Centre, Family History Centre, and housing areas for temple missionaries and patrons. It is worth visiting, and visitors are guaranteed to leave this Church with more knowledge of the Latter-Day Saints than they had before they walked into it.
-Moratalaz Municipal Sport Centre: In the early seventies, Moratalaz started building leisure and recreational facilities; and in this context it began the construction of the Moratalaz Municipal Sports Centre. In it sports lovers staying in Moratalaz holiday homes will find a swimming pool, an athletics track, a football pitch as well as various basketball and tennis courts to amuse themselves. A large number of important sports events are held in this centre, due to its good facilities.
-Faunia: This is a huge, biological park where those residing in Moratalaz holiday rentals can view more than 1,500 animals. The 140, 000 square metres of area that the park sits on have been recreated to resemble these animals’ natural habitat as much as possible. Apart from seeing these animals, visitors will have the opportunity to enter a volcano, observe a lynx hunting at night and visit the polar cold area where penguins live. The park’s aim is to educate its visitors about these animals and make them aware of how important it is to conserve them.
-The Chana´s Tavern: It is a Spanish restaurant that was established in 1997 in memory of Manuel Chana. It is located in a pedestrian mall at 53, Carrantona Fountain Street. Although not as big as the other taverns in Spain, it can boast of great charm and a quiet terrace. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular meeting places in this traditional neighbourhood, especially during the weekends.
Weather in Moratalaz
Summers in Moratalaz can be unbearable, so it is best to visit Moratalaz in early spring and autumn, when the sun’s rays are warmer – not hotter. During this time, temperatures lie between 20 °C and 25 °C. There might be a bit of rain during the early part of spring, but it will soon stop.
Travel to Moratalaz
Barajas International airport is the closest airport to Moratalaz. From there, tourists can hire a car or a taxi, or take the bus, the subway or a train. However, the fastest way to get to their Moratalaz apartments is the Metro de Madrid. It is also the best option for those who just want to visit the district.