It is said that Madrid has the largest number of bars per capita of any European city and a good way to gauge the city’s personality is through its nightlife: it is very common for Madrileños to stay out until 6am. Head to Gran Via for Madrid’s biggest clubs, while areas such as La Latina or Chueca offer everything for a night of bar-hopping and good food.
Art in Madrid: From the Galleries to the Streets
Madrid is home to three of Europe’s best art museums, all within a short walk of each other in the “Museum Triangle”. Monet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh are all represented in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art while the Museo Reina Sofía is focused on modern art, and is a must visit to see Picasso’s Guernica - his reaction to the bombing of the eponymous village during the Spanish Civil War. Best known of all is the Prado, Spain’s national art museum which boasts one of the world’s finest European art collections, from the 12th to the 19th century. Spend half a day there and immerse yourself in a treasure trove of masterpieces, including originals by de Goya, Bosch, Rubens and El Greco. For an entirely different perspective on Madrid’s art scene, take an “alternative street art” tour and see what is happening on the walls of the city.