One of the best ways to live like a local is to stay in an apartment of your own - and in Madrid there are many different areas of the city to choose from, each with their own character. Here are eight apartments to give you a taste of everyday life in Spanish capital, as well as info on what you'll find in your local neighbourhood.

Gran Via Capital

With its mix of shops, theatres and restaurants, the Grand Via is Madrid's main boulevard and a hive of activity. If you want to be right in the heart of things, the Grand Via Capital apartments are an excellent choice, and other attractions within walking distance include the Royal Palace and the Plaza de España.

There are a range of apartments and all come with a fully equipped kitchen and flatscreen TV. Some even have a balcony. Guests can also make use of an outdoor swimming pool and in-house fitness studio.

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Gran Vía, Madrid. Vista general. A la derecha el Palacio de la Prensa. 2010 - Di Felipe Gabaldón - originally posted to Flickr as Gran Vía (Madrid), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10423666

Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments - Atocha Suites

Art lovers will know that one of the best reasons to visit Madrid is to get close to world-class works of art, which you can do at the Prado and the Reina Sofia museums. Both can be found a short distance from the Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments - Atocha Suites, in the neighbourhood around Atocha station.

There are one- and two-bedroom apartments available, some with terrace. The building also has an outdoor pool and concierge services are on hand to help you make the most of your time in the city. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the immediate neighbourhood too.

MH Apartments Central Madrid

Madrid's downtown is known as Centro, where you'll find the MH Apartments Central Madrid, surrounded by historic buildings, streets and squares lined with shops and restaurants. Some of the main landmark attractions of the city are within walking distance, as well. Don't miss Puerta del Sol, one of the liveliest squares in Madrid - day and night.

There are a range of options to choose from, including studios and two-bedroom apartments. All come with a fully equipped kitchen, LED TVs and WiFi. For longer stays, weekly housekeeping is provided.

60 Balconies Urban Stay

As befitting a capital city, Madrid is packed with cultural treasures, and many can be found on Paseo del Prado, including the Prado Museum, the CaixaForum museum and cultural centre, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. At the southern end of Paseo del Prado, you'll find the 60 Balconies Urban Stay apartments.

With a mix of apartments, including studios and three-bedroom options, this is a good choice for couples and families alike. All apartments include a kitchen, separate living room and free WiFi.

Plaza España Skyline

North of Centro, the neighbourhood of Arguelles combines a central location with a relaxed feel. It's also home to some great local restaurants and has a young population, many of whom study at the nearby university. In the south of the neighbourhood, close to the Plaza de España, you'll find the Plaza España Skyline apartments, a great base from which to explore the area.

All the apartments offer city views and some come with a terrace. Each has a kitchen, separate dining area, flatscreen TV and free WiFi.

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Plaza España - By Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33722055Slow Suites Augusto

The neighbourhood of Chueca has long been famed for its cafes, bars and nightlife, and is especially popular with Madrid's gay community. It's a place for meeting friends and hanging out, but there are some cultural highlights to explore too, including the Museo Municipal on Fuencarral, which is full of Habsburg treasures.

Right in the midst of this hip neighbourhood, Slow Suites Augusto has a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with kitchenette, LED television, laundry facilities and free WiFi.

Plaza Mayor Suites & Apartments

Once the centre of the old city of Madrid, the Plaza Mayor is an atmospheric square surrounded by colonnaded buildings that has become a favourite hang-out spot for locals and visitors alike, with some great restaurants and tapas bars to spend an evening in. The Plaza Mayor Suites & Apartments are just around the corner, close to other major attractions including the Royal Palace and the Basilica de San Miguel.

For evenings away from the square, all the apartments come with a kitchenette, have free WiFi and some also have a balcony or terrace.

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Plaza Mayor - By Sebastian Dubiel, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12441595Grand Via Centric

To the north of the Grand Via and its collections of shops and theatres is the neighbourhood of Malasaña, long home to Madrid's artistic scene with a nice mix of galleries, exhibition spaces and hip bars. This is a great area to base yourself for the city's nightlife scene, but it is also well-located for all the main landmarks and attractions of the city centre.

The Grand Via Centric offers a range of accommodation options, some with a balcony, and public spaces including a roof terrace with great views of the city. All apartments have a kitchen with free WiFi throughout.

For more options to live like a local in the Spanish capital, check out our Apartments in Madrid.