Madrid has attracted artists, Flamenco dancers, curious travellers, bullfighters and literary luminaries for centuries. The Spanish capital is sun-drenched and teaming with intriguing influences on its culinary prowess and architectural footprints. Because Madrid is spread out and complicated to navigate, it is best to tackle the city one neighborhood at a time.
To experience boho Madrid start in Malasaña, a quaint neighbourhood where artists while away afternoons in cafés and leafy green squares. Dive into a cache of history and Habsburg-iinfluenced architecture in Madrid’s centre, and be sure to pay your respects to the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor.
Feeling peckish and La Latina is the place to be, populated as it is with tasty tapas bars and high-end bistros. For museum haunting visit the verdant streets and squares of the Paseo del Arte, where the Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza can be found.
Bear in mind that Madrid is a walking city. In recent years the local government invested millions to revamp the city’s pavements and public spaces. And with its superb public transportation system and close proximity to other Spanish cities, Madrid is a good base for exploring the coastal and inland treasures of Spain.