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Discover the Cava Baja of Madrid: History, Tapas, and Charm

Cava Baja Madrid Spain

When you visit the Spanish capital, strolling through the charming Barrio de La Latina and exploring its emblematic Cava Baja is a must. This historic corner will transport you to another era while you enjoy its present-day attractions.

A Bit of History

The origin of Cava Alta and Cava Baja dates back to the ancient medieval moats located outside Madrid's city walls, built to prevent assaults on the city.

Cava Baja runs through the La Latina neighborhood from Puerta Cerrada Square, near the Plaza Mayor, to the Humilladero Square, near the Cebada Market. In this street, most of the inns, taverns, and hostels were established to accommodate vendors arriving from Castilla to sell their goods in Madrid's markets. These inns thrived in the 17th century, offering lodging to travelers and their horses. The street became a crucial point for muleteers and carters transporting mail to towns such as Toledo, Segovia, and Guadalajara. Today, some of these ancient inns are still standing, albeit with different functions.

Life on Cava Baja

Currently, Cava Baja is one of the most vibrant streets in the city. The busiest days are Thursdays and weekends, when the street is filled with locals and tourists enjoying its varied gastronomic offerings. You will find numerous bars and restaurants where you can savor typical tapas with a beer, a glass of wine, or a hearty meal. Keep in mind that many restaurants close on Mondays.

Some of the most famous spots include:

La Chata

Perhaps the oldest on the street, offering traditional Spanish cuisine at affordable prices.

Casa Lucio

Established on Cava Baja since 1974, it is famous for its "huevos estrellados" (fried eggs with potatoes). Although some consider them overrated, it remains an iconic place, once visited by King Juan Carlos I, the father of the current king.

The Historic Inns

The ancient inns that once hosted merchants and their horses have been transformed into charming restaurants that preserve their history and tradition. La Posada del León is renowned for housing remains of the 9th-century Muslim wall, visible through a glass floor. La Posada del Dragón, now a restaurant, features wooden beams in the old courtyard decorated with phrases recounting Madrid's history. Finally, La Posada de la Villa is a mythical and traditional restaurant in La Latina, known for its lamb and cocido (stew).

With countless bars and restaurants catering to all tastes, the best way to experience Cava Baja is to wander and enter the places that catch your eye.

Enjoy your stroll through Cava Baja, where history and modernity blend to offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of Madrid. To explore Madrid, we recommend the apps from These applications provide guided and detailed routes to explore the city at your own pace, showcasing many authentic bars and restaurants.

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