Destination Guide: Madrid
Baroque palaces, tapas bars and sultry flamenco
Snack on tasty tapas in back-street bars or digest Old Masters along the Paseo del Arte.
Graze your way from tapas to doughnuts. Take a tapeo- a leisurely stroll through the city's tapas bars. La Latina's taverns are popular for chorizo sausage in cider, cured ham and spicy patatas bravas. Choose Plaza de España for modern Spanish cuisine, or late-night cafés to indulge in hot chocolate and sugary churros doughnuts.
Immerse yourself in Spanish art and relax in regal parks. From bustling Puerta del Sol, explore the vast Plaza Mayor square, gazing up at the baroque-classical Royal Palace. Be in awe of Goya and Velazquez at the Prado or picnic amidst the boules players and strolling Madrileños of leafy Retiro Park.
Upmarket fashion, contemporary couture and gourmet foods. Follow in the footsteps of Hilary Clinton and Picasso to browse the elegant woollen capes of Capas Seseña. You'll find alternative designers in Chueca alongside modern design and art bookshops. For mouth-watering olives, cheeses, and wine from local bodegas, try the delicatessens lining Plaza de Santa Bárbara.
Lose yourself in ballet and flamenco. Flamenco is the soul of Madrid and the bars around Ópera serve up lithe dancers, driving acoustic guitars and candlelit dinners. Thrill to the sound of world-class opera in the vast sweeping gold-and-scarlet interior of the opulent Teatro Real.