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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.

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                        Recent Reviews

                        A modern, spacious, well equipped and very comfortable apartment with easy access to the city centre

                        5 of 5
                        Enrique is a helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming host who speaks excellent English so it was easy to communicate with him and also to arrange a suitable meeting place near his apartment. The apartment itself is located on the fourth floor of a modern apartment block and set in a pleasant area with a wide selection of local shops, cafes, bars and supermarkets all within a five minutes walk. The park (Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío) near the apartment block is one of the highest in Madrid and gives an excellent panorama of the city and the sunsets. The apartment was as described on the website. It was very clean and tidy and fully equipped with everything you could need for a short, or even long stay, in Madrid - there was even washing up liquid, spare toilet rolls and a large roll of kitchen paper (things that many hosts tend to overlook). It was very spacious and the furniture and bedding were all very comfortable. We also found that the apartment was very quiet with no noise coming from the residents in adjacent apartments. Of the many bars from which to choose in the local area we really enjoyed our visit to Cafeteria Restaurante Enrique (in Calle del Puerto Canfranc). Here the pleasant and friendly bar staff served us with three generous glasses of excellent Rioja and free tapas (serrano ham and bread, olives and tortilla) all for a total of 6€ (which we thought was very reasonable). The nearest Metro is about 10 minutes walk from the apartment (where further restaurants, bars, shops etc. will be found) and the line takes you directly to the city centre (Sol and Gran Via metro stations) via the Puerta de Atocha RENFE station. Next time we visit Madrid Enrique's apartment will be the first place we shall consider staying at, and in the meantime will pleased to recommend it to friends and family.
                        • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
                        • Date of Stay: Sep 2017