Beautiful and beguiling, Madrid brims with Latin energy. Madrilenos know how to live the good life, from their early morning cafe con leche to an alfresco dinner at 11pm. The city excels at many things: sports, culture, shopping, art. Yet it’s quieter than many other Spanish cities, so it’s often easier to get under its skin. The nightlife here is the stuff of legend, with more bars than any other city on Earth. Nightclubs and cocktail bars are always packed to the rafters with a happy crowd keen to samba into the small hours.
As one of the richest culinary capitals in Europe, the foodie scene continues to set the pace. Embrace the innovation of Spain’s gastronomic revolution while staying close to the traditions of Spanish cuisine. It’s no surprise the world’s oldest restaurant is found here. Few cities can claim an artistic pedigree quite as impressive as Madrid’s either. It has art lovers returning many times over. Paseo del Prado is home to three of the world’s greatest galleries. Stroll around them and view the legacy of self-important Spanish royals from centuries past.