The Olala Homes family keeps growing and growing! This time, we are beyond excited to announce the opening of our newest vacation homes, in the Puente de Vallecas district in Madrid! Here’s the scoop on this area of Madrid that’s authentic and off the tourist track.

About the area

Puente de Vallecas is one of the 21 districts that make up the city of Madrid. Once upon a time, it was a small village on the outskirts of the city. However, as the population increased over time, it melded in with the city and became a residential neighborhood in 1950. Today, there are nearly a quarter million residents that call Puente de Vallecas home.

The Puente de Vallecas district is quite large, occupying a large zone on the eastern side of Madrid. It’s a true representation of what life in Madrid is like, as it’s a working-class neighborhood that is popular with families. While it’s off the normal tourist path, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to see and do here!

Things to see

While Puente de Vallecas is more low-key and residential than other districts in Madrid, that’s what draws many people to it. Your first stop when you visit should be the Cerro del Tío Pío Park. Many of the locals will attest to the fact that this hilly park is one of the absolute best places to watch the sun kiss the horizon. At sunrise and sunset, it’s a popular spot to gather and watch the beauty of nature. Additionally, there is a bike path, several sporting areas, and kiosks to purchase refreshments.

To know more about the history of the city, stop by the Church of Saint Peter ad Víncula, which goes all the way back to the 17th century. The architect Juan de Herrera designed the original church back then, which remained the main church of the village of Puente de Vallecas. Inside, you’ll find beautiful frescoes and architecture to feast your eyes upon. Since the 17th century, the church has undergone restorations, but it still retains its original look and feel.

Things to do

The pride of the Puente de Vallecas district is Rayo Vallecano, the football team. Since 1924, fans have been cheering the team on at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas in the heart of the district. If you can catch a match, you’ll experience the passion of La Liga up close! However, the club store is open even when there aren’t matches so you can pick up some Rayo Vallecano apparel to remember your trip by.

Also, dining and drinking in Puente de Vallecas are quite diverse and reasonably priced. You can get a variety of cuisines and options, without all the crowds that you’ll find in the city center. The neighborhood boasts many bars, of which many play a great selection of music that you might not hear downtown. Rock, reggae, and metal concerts take place every weekend in bars, so keep your eyes and ears open to see the most authentic entertainment around!

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If you’re planning your dream getaway to Madrid, count on Olala Homes for a cozy, luxurious place to come home to every day!