“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
With its proximity to the University, Moncloa caters to students with some great bars and nightlife, most of which are located in basements. Along Calle Princesa from Moncloa to Plaza Espa—a are shops, restaurants and cinemas—a welcome alternative to touristy Gran Vía. For a park that's less crowded than the famous Retiro, head to bigger, lesser-known Parque de Oeste, near the Egyptian Debod Temple. Moncloa and surrounding Argüelles offer everything you can find in the other Madrid barrios, minus the crowds.