Home to traditional tapas bars, classic museums, a nightlife which never seems to end and the world’s most successful football club, Madrid is one of the great European capitals. Chosen as the capital of Spain back in 1561 purely because of its geographical location in the centre of the country, it is a city that suits every taste.
One of the first things to strike you about the city is that everything, as you would expect in a capital, is big. The city’s main thoroughfare, Gran Via, is a wide street where all makes and models of cars zoom up and down its tarmac all day long. Its flagship art museum is one of the most imposing buildings in the country and the Bernebeu, home to Real Madrid, is one of Europe’s most glorious, and trophy laden stadiums.
The city centre is divided into six districts. One of these districts, Sol, is the heart and soul of Madrid. Buzzing by day and flying by night, it is laced with high street shops, restaurants to suit all tastes and some of the city’s most electric nightlife. Just north of here is Malasaña, home to some of the city’s best bars and tapas bars. Other districts worth sticking your nose into for a few hours include Chueca, the city’s gay district, El Rastro, home to the city’s famous weekly market, and Lavapies, Madrid’s most multi-national quarter.