Madrid can be a busy city so make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. It is also important to choose a barrio which makes sure you get exactly what you want from the city. Salamanca offers luxury, shopping and history and bears the reputation of being the wealthy barrio of Madrid, while on the other hand, Malasaña is an alternative neighbourhood with hip streets and street art. Visitors can wander amongst fantastic markets, boutiques, restaurants and bars in Chueca, the city’s official gay neighborhood. To discover a more cultural side of Madrid head to Las Letras/Cortes, home to most important museums in Madrid. La Latina is another good choice. As well as being one of the oldest and most traditional barrios, it is the best place to go for tapas.