On with your mantilla and let the fiesta begin!


For too long overshadowed by her Gaudi-er sister Barcelona, Madrid's Picasso-blue skies, mind-blowing museums, legendary nightlife, sophisticated cuisine scene and chic shopping are an absolute treat.

It’s pointless fighting the Madrileño way of life. Have lunch at 2pm, dinner at 10pm, cocktails at midnight and go dancing from 2am. It’s siesta, then fiesta.

Best time to visit is spring and autumn (May is tops), summer is brick-oven hot and the whole damn city shuts down in Aug, while winter is cold and clear.

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The following Castellano may come in handy...

¡Basta ya! : 

Enough already! Less talk, more action please